icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
21 Jan, 2019 12:10

Germany bows to US pressure, bans Iran’s Marhan Air from its airspace

Germany has bowed to US pressure by banning from its airspace an Iranian airline accused of ferrying weapons and advisers to support President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria’s civil war, Reuters reports. A senior German government source said on Monday that Berlin had revoked the landing rights of Mahan Air due to suspicions that it was being used for military purposes by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and also on safety grounds. The measure did not constitute an imposition of general sanctions against Iran, the source said. The withdrawal of Marhan’s operating license follows a concerted campaign by the US, which first listed the airline as a sanctions target in 2011.