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US effort to block flow of arms from Iran to Syria falters

Iraq reluctant to inspect planes using its airspace

WASHINGTON — The Amer­ican effort to stem the flow of Iranian arms to Syria has faltered because of Iraq’s reluctance to inspect aircraft carrying the weapons through its airspace, US officials say.

The shipments have persisted at a critical time for Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has come under increasing military pressure from rebel fighters.

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