The Obama administration, so bent on ramming through its Iran deal and ensuring it could work with the country's airline industry, "likely hid information" about the Islamic Republic "illicitly ferrying militants into Syria on commercial aircraft," reports the Free Beacon.
Citing lawmakers and sources privy to information concerning President Obama's Iran-dealings, the Beacon summarizes thusly:
[...] Congressional leaders are calling for an investigation into Iran for using its state-controlled air carrier, Iran Air, to ferry militant fighters into Syria, where they are taking up arms in defense of embattled President Bashar al-Assad.
Photographs provided to Congress show Iran using Iran Air to ferry these soldiers between 2016 and 2017, in part when the Obama administration removed sanctions on Iran Air and promoted multi-billion dollars sales between the carrier and aircraft manufacturer Boeing, which is seeking to provide Iran Air with a fleet of new planes that many suspect will be used to carry terrorist fighters and weapons into regional hotspots.
This behavior violates international laws governing the nuclear deal and has now led lawmakers and others to accuse the Obama administration of downplaying Iran's illicit activity in order to promote the nuclear deal and ensure Tehran receives a new commercial fleet.
Multiple senior Obama administration officials, including former secretary of state John Kerry, traveled the globe to promote trade with Iranian companies, including Iran Air, at the same time Iran was found to be ferrying militants into Syria. Lawmakers and others suspect the Obama administration either hid or downplayed this information in order to preserve the nuclear deal.
"The Obama administration lifted sanctions against Iran Air as a political concession during nuclear negotiations with Iran, not because of any change in its activity," Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), one of the lawmakers calling for an investigation into Iran's use of commercial aircraft for military purposes, told the Free Beacon.
"Iran's use of commercial aircraft for military purposes violates international agreements as well as Iranian commitments under the JCPA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]," lawmakers stated in a letter.
Rep. Ron DeSantis of the House Foreign Affairs Committee told the Beacon that Obama turned a blind eye in order to push his Iran deal through.
Every single action Obama took in the Middle East over his eight-year term, including shipping pallets of cash to Iran, made it abundantly clear to the American public what his true intentions were.