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Pentagon contractor shipped through Iran for project, in possible violation of sanctions

A Pentagon contractor that provides U.S. forces in Afghanistan with food and water shipped supplies to build an Afghan military base warehouse through Iran, in a move that may have violated U.S. sanctions, Fox News has learned.

Anham, which holds a multibillion-dollar Pentagon supply contract, used Iran's Bandar Abbas port to land building materials and equipment that were later transported across Iran, according to internal corporate emails and trucking manifests reviewed by Fox News. 

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story Wednesday, said Anham completed the warehouse at Bagram Air Field near Kabul in June 2012. The project put the company in position to win the estimated $8.1 billion Pentagon supply contract, the newspaper reported.

Anham told The Wall Street Journal in a statement that it disclosed to the Treasury Department that some items were transshipped through Iran and that it only became aware recently that one of its subcontractors was using the Iran route. Internal emails obtained by Fox News suggest otherwise.

Fadi Nahas, a senior vice president based at the Anham's offices in Vienna, Va., was included on the email distribution list and approved the Iran routing.

Anham executives referred questions from The Wall Street Journal to the company's legal counsel and outside press spokesman.

The Treasury Department told the newspaper that American citizens and Pentagon contractors from are barred transshipping goods through Iran under U.S. law.

"U.S. persons are prohibited from transshipping goods through Iran pursuant to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations," Treasury spokesman John Sullivan said.

Click here for more from The Wall Street Journal.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.