U.S. probes Syrian arms supply to Iraqis

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    U.S. probes Syrian arms supply to Iraqis

    BAGHDAD, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. military investigators are analyzing reports Iraqi weapons are being secretly shipped to Syria for use by anti-coalition fighters.

    The alleged shipments include weapons and explosives sent by vehicles detected during the past several months going to Syrian training camps, the Washington Times reported Tuesday.

    The pipeline was uncovered as part of efforts to discover what happened to Iraq's arms programs, a U.S. official said.

    "Everyone seems to have forgotten that there was the prospect of ongoing traffic in munitions ... that could then be re-imported into Iraq with quite considerable effect," the official said. "We are pursuing the extent and location of that."

    The weapons move at night by covered trucks and unmarked vans along routes that appear to have been set up before the U.S.-led military invasion of Iraq last year.

    The deliveries are reported to include small arms, bombs and explosives stolen from some of the thousands of weapons depots throughout Iraq.

    The Pentagon has identified more than 8,700 weapons dumps and is continuing to find caches almost daily.

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