SNEAKY

Syria Laundering Oil Through Iran

In new evidence of Iran's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials have discovered that Syria is shipping oil to Iran in order to avoid the American and European embargo. From Iran, the oil is sold on the international market, with funds going back to Damascus. Before the embargo, Syria got a third of its revenue from oil exports. Officials are also concerned that the Assad regime is spending that money on weapons from Russia. This week Moscow confirmed that a St. Petersburg-based ship delivered a cache of weapons to Syria.