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Kerry presses Iraq on flights to Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. has made clear that Iraq shouldn’t allow Iran to use its airspace to ship weapons and fighters to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Sunday during an unannounced trip to Baghdad.

Following private discussions with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Kerry said the two had a ‘‘very spirited discussion’’ on the subject of Iranian overflights. The U.S. believes the Iranian shipments are aiding Syrian President Bashar Assad and undermining Western-backed opposition groups.

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