May 17th, 2012
01:09 AM ET

Diplomat: Confidential report finds Iran shipping arms to Syria

(CNN) - A confidential U.N. report reveals Iran is exporting arms to the Syrian government in violation of a ban on weapons sales, the same day President Bashar al-Assad blamed the violence in his country on the work of foreign-backed fighters.

The draft report describes three seizures of Iranian weapons shipments, including two bound for Syria, within the last year, a Western diplomat told CNN on Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to release details to the media.

The report was drafted by a panel of experts and submitted to the U.N. Security Council's committee that monitors sanctions against Iran, the official said.

The revelations came as al-Assad, in a rare interview, told Russia 24 that weapons in the hands of rebels were flowing into the country from Lebanon and Turkey.

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  1. revnowwhilewecan

    Where's the "confidential report" that exposes the cia giving arms to al-Qaeda to fight against the democratically elected government of Syria?

    May 17, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Hogwash! Israel made guns are smuggled through to Egypt and destinations beyond.
    Cnn the equivalent of Al Jazeera state run news agency.
    Why is it that Cnn won't run stories on how American made guns make their way through out the world killing mass peoples.

    @ Philip, Take it away sir!

    May 17, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dim O'Crat

    I don't believe it. The smartest woman in the world, Hillary Clinton, and our historic first black gay president told me sanctions were crippling Iran.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ Mary
    Good morning.
    A report also finds that US is arming the rebels in Syria. Both countries deny the allegation as @ revnowhile says. Go figure

    May 17, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    US envoy " we are ready to hit Iran" NY Times. That is what this drummed up " hogwash" is all about.

    America's interests and those of its people are subjugated & subservient to those of the nuts ruling Tel Aviv.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    @ saywhat, 🙂 Good morning. It's always a pleasure to see you here. I'm kinda busy but I also remember Philip informing us about the US and supplying Gadafi , so it's not a far fetched idea that Syria has been hit by *made in America* weapons. Maybe Philip will show up later so you two can continue this conversation.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    Everyone knows that the CIA is not only suppling arms,but training rebels against Assads army ,but staying out of the spot light as instructed.It's much the same as the Russian,Afghan conflict with us teaching terrorist rebels like Osama BinLaden how to organize and direct raids with help from our CIA reconnaissance teams, stationed all across Afghanistan.Remember Charlie Wilson,Dem.Sen.Tx,he supplied arms for years to rebels in Afghanistan and everyone on Capitol Hill knew it in the political loop.The same weapons that are killing are soldiers now are from that same transaction,plus their training thanks to US military also.Russia also supplies weapons and training now to the same rebels that they fought over 3 decades ago,money must heal all wounds,it certainly did theirs...

    May 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greek American

    Oh yes people you are all correct, because our CIA is just so smart here and nothing ever gets by them. Hahaha

    May 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |