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Germany sanctions Iranian airliner over attacks in Europe

Germany sanctions Iranian airliner over attacks in Europe

Germany has banned Iranian airline Mahan Air from its airports, in an escalation of sanctions adopted by the European Union against Iran over attacks on opponents in the bloc.

The US has accused Mahan of flying arms and terrorists to Syria.

Mahan Air: Caught in Fire

Mahan, Iran’s second-largest carrier after Iran Air, operates four flights a week between Tehran and the German cities Duesseldorf and Munich.

It has been identified by Israeli defence officials as one of the cargo carriers suspected of ferrying war materiel from Iran to its proxy militias in Syria.

As a result, it is subject to sanctions by the US Treasury Department.

The EU earlier this month targeted sanctions at Iran’s security services and two of their leaders, accused of involvement in a series of murders and planned attacks against Tehran critics in the Netherlands, Denmark and France.

Mahan Air was blacklisted by the US in 2011.

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