1. BLIND EYE

    Iraq Helping Iran Skirt Sanctions

    Iranian soldiers chant anti-Israeli and anti-US slogans on the first day of celebrations marking the 33th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran on February 1, 2012. Bells chimed across Iran to mark Khomeini's return from exile in 1979, the trigger for a revolution which spawned an Islamic state now engulfed in a deep political crisis.     AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Iraqi banking institutions have been helping Iran sidestep regulations imposed by the United States, said American officials. The country’s cozy relationship with Iran little more than eight months after American troops left Iraqi soil has caused concern among American leaders, and Obama placed a call to Iraq’s prime minister recently after learning that Iranian supply planes were passing through Iraqi airspace en route to Syria. The Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence wrote in a note to The New York Times that the Islamic Republic “may seek to escape the force of our financial sanctions through Iraqi financial institutions.”

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