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Iraqi lawyers are accusing a Lebanese-Canadian company of shipping mortar shells that fall into the hands of the Islamic State group.
The Attorney General’s office in Iraq filed a lawsuit to the Iraqi Supreme Court asking for an annulment of a case pending against a Lebanese company in Lebanon.
Three mortars landed in Iraq’s Tamim Province. Although the mortars did not kill anyone, the Iraqi Army maintained that the mortar attacks were directly linked to the owner of the company, Walla Air Defense Systems. The company is now also being investigated by Lebanon’s Charara’a Court for assisting ISIS militants by selling them missiles and mortar shells.
Walla Air Defense Systems was founded in Lebanon by Yehia Tfaily Nour last September. According to court documents, Walla was a candidate for a 2015 project from the U.S. Navy to be placed in an offshore island. The Bahrain-based company Manifa Maritime also collaborated on the military project. According to Iraq’s Attorney General, Uday Abdel Malek Kadhim, the projectiles Walla shipped were manufactured in Syria but had been shipped to the military site via Turkey.
“Iranian companies are smuggling weapons, weapons of mass destruction, weapons of espionage and terrorist attacks,” the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior stated in an alleged statement on the case.
Walla subsequently filed a suit against the Iraq Attorney General in a Lebanese court, saying that it provided surveillance and interception technology and shipbuilding with integrated computer systems, which includes anti-radar systems for land-based and sea-based aircraft. It also supplied fighter jets, helicopters and other military aircraft to Iraq, the Iraqis and U.S. militaries.
Walla Air Defense Systems has denied supplying the Iraqi Army with ordnance and that it “did not seek to hide any of its activities from any foreign country.” The company also stated that “all weapons of mass destruction and illegal or unlicensed weaponry sold by the company to Iraq and the various U.S. agencies were exported in accordance with the law.”
Efforts to contact Walla Air Defense Systems were unsuccessful. A spokesman for the Syrian Artillery Company said they had reached out to Walla Air Defense Systems several times before the company ceased operations but were unable to get a response.
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