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John Kerry urges Iraq to help stop Iranian arms shipments to Syria

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Iraq's prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, second right, in Baghdad. Photograph: Jason Reed/AP The US has made clear to Iraq that it shouldn't allow Iran to use its airspace to ship weapons and fighters to Syria, secretary of state John Kerry told reporters Sunday during an unannounced trip to Baghdad. Kerry's comments come as US lawmakers are calling for President Barack Obama to do more to stop the bloodshed in Syria, including possible airstrikes against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's aircraft fleet. US officials say ongoing efforts to aid opposition groups in Syria have been undermined by Iran, which is using Iraqi airspace without objections by Iraq. On Sunday, Kerry said Iraq's tacit approval of Iranian overflights left the American people "wondering how it is a partner". "I made it very clear that for those of us who are engaged in an effort to see President Assad step down … anything that suppor