Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Pouya Air Il-76 over Tehran/Mehrabad TAB 1
Iranian operated Il-76 aircraft are of a type known to provide military logistical assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Iraq.
Pouya Air has been identified by the U.S. Treasury Department as "an alias for designated Iranian airline Yas Air, which was designated in March 2012 pursuant to E.O. 13224 for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF" for transporting cargo, including weapons, to Iran’s allies Syria and Lebanon.
The air transport corridor from Iran to Syria may be in process of being severed through U.S. leverage attained in the formation of the new Iraqi government; an opportunity generated by the 2014 Northern Iraq Offensive. Regarding Iraqi logistics, the U.S.-led war against ISIL may be planning to supplant Iranian arms transfers to Iraqi Security Forces and Pehmerga, with deliveries by U.S.-led coalition members.