“Much of Iran’s assistance is hard to track, but its airlifts can be viewed rather openly.”

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi has testified before the House Financial Services subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade as well as the subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance on the topic of Iranian airlifts — particularly into Syria.

“Iranian aircraft have relied on deceptive practices — switching off transponders for parts of their journey, falsifying flight manifests, or concealing their destinations by broadcasting flight numbers associated with different itineraries.”

“But the evidence is clear. Iran has made its aviation sector a legitimate target for…

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