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Many Helped Iraq Evade U.N. Sanctions On Weapons

Date: October 8, 2004
Authors: Craig Whitlock and Glenn Frankel
QUOTE: As part of its stealth effort to evade U.N. sanctions and rebuild its military, the Iraqi government under President Saddam Hussein found that it had no shortage of people around the world who were willing to help.

ABSTRACT: A report issued by the chief US weapons inspector to Iraq, Mr. Charles Duelfer, revealed Iraq was able to purchase military weapons from certain countries even though a ban was in place for such trade since 1991. The countries involved included France, certain former Eastern bloc nations, and North Korea. Diplomatic measures were used by the U.S. to prevent such trade, but once the regime had the means to pay for weapons, they were actively traded.

--- O. Overman

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