Iran’s Airbridge to Syria

Iran’s ability to resupply its forces via commercial aircraft remains crucial to its efforts to preserve and develop its network of proxies and allies in Syria and the rest of the Middle East.

Both Mahan and Iran Air drastically increased the number of flights to Syria following the intensification of the ground campaign in October 2015 and likely have been transporting cargo linked to Tehran’s support for the Assad regime.

The United States has several policy options for restricting the organizations’ capabilities, including new sanctions on Iran Air and imposing secondary sanctions on businesses that facilitate Mahan Air’s flights to Western Europe.

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