This article originally appeared in Global Security Newswire, produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group whose mission is preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
An Iranian aircraft suspected of carrying military or nuclear cargo was ordered to stop in Turkey on its way to Syria, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday (see GSN, July 1, 2010).
The airplane left Tehran late Tuesday, headed for the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the Anatolia news agency.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry demanded the cargo plane land based on the possibility that it might be carrying illicit material, sources said. The aircraft as of Wednesday was being examined at the Diyarbakir airport in southeastern Turkey.
The atomic programs of Iran and Syria remain shadowed by international concerns they might be intended to produce nuclear weapons (see GSN, March 7). Both nations have denied any military nuclear aspirations (Agence France-Presse/Yahoo!News, March 16).