A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and Security Committee, said the aircraft were landing at Tel Afar, a northern facility under ISIL control.
“Some countries are delivering weapons to ISIL by using airplanes in Tel Afar airport, near Mosul,” Zalmi said.
In a statement on Nov. 17, Zalmi did not identify the suppliers. But he suggested that the supplies were arriving from republics of the former Soviet Union.
In mid-November, a Russian aircraft filled with arms and ammunition landed in Baghdad International Airport. Officials said the Russian aircraft contained 40 tons of cargo and arrived in Baghdad after being refused landing in the northern airport of Suleimani.
“The plane that landed in Baghdad last week was filled with weapons, and it was not the first plane to land, breaching Iraqi air space,” Zalmi said. “An investigation is still ongoing regarding that case.”
Zalmi urged the Iraq Air Force and its Western allies to destroy the runway at Tel Afar, located near Mosul. He said ISIL was in control of other airports in northern Iraq.
“I am asking the Iraq Air Force to shell Tel Afar airport, together with any other airports under the control of ISIL in Iraq,” Zalmi said.
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