Trump Administration Pressing Allies to Ban Iranian Airline Tied to Terrorism, Espionage

CREDIT: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

(From The Washington Free Beacon)

The Trump administration is locked in a diplomatic push to convince European allies to ban a major Iranian state-controlled airline known to be engaged in illicit transport and espionage operations, according to U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Germany’s decision to ban Iran’s Mahan Air—a state-controlled entity known to carry out clandestine military operations on the Islamic Republic’s behalf—is being viewed as a diplomatic coup by the top U.S. official in Berlin and is said to be generating support for expanding this ban across the European Union, a move that would deal a severe blow to Tehran’s international reach, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

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