Michael Grabell, Dafna Linzer, and Jeff Larson

Revealed: Russia to Syria Helicopter Pipeline Puts Iraq Under U.S. Microscope

In late October, Syria asked Iraqi authorities to grant air access for a cargo plane transporting refurbished attack helicopters from Russia, according to flight records obtained by ProPublica. With Turkish and European airspace off limits to Syrian arms shipments, the regime of Bashar al-Assad needs Iraq’s air corridor to get the helicopters home, where the government is struggling to suppress an uprising.

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