Turkey Arrests Iranian Smuggling Russian-made Anti-tank Missile Parts

The Iranian national was detained at Black Sea port city of Zonguldak on a vessel from Ukraine. Turkish authorities says missile system is used by ISIS and Kurdish rebels

File photo: Syrian Kurdish militia member of the YPG patrols near a Turkish army tank in northern Syria.
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Turkish authorities have arrested an Iranian national who they say tried to smuggle in parts of a Russian-made anti-tank missile system with the suspected aim of delivering them to a terror organization.

The Customs and Trade Ministry said Sunday that the man, identified only by his initials E.E., was detained at the port in the Black Sea city of Zonguldak, after officials searched his truck that had arrived aboard a vessel from Ukraine.

A ministry statement said the truck was officially carrying diapers but inside was found the "main parts" of a Russian-made system used by violent groups, including Kurdish rebels and Islamic State militants.

The ministry said authorities believe the missile parts had probably been sent for repairs and were being returned to a terror organization.