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And this is a surprise because ?????

by Ziks511 / January 22, 2005 12:50 AM PST
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/22/international/middleeast/22baghdad.html?th

"BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 21 - Earlier this month, according to Iraqi officials, $300 million in American bills was taken out of Iraq's Central Bank, put into boxes and quietly put on a charter jet bound for Lebanon.

The money was to be used to buy tanks and other weapons from international arms dealers, the officials say, as part of an accelerated effort to assemble an armored division for the fledgling Iraqi Army. But exactly where the money went, and to whom, and for precisely what, remains a mystery, at least to Iraqis who say they have been trying to find out.

The $300 million deal appears to have been arranged outside the American-designed financial controls intended to help Iraq - which defaulted on its external debt in the 1990's - legally import goods. By most accounts here, there was no public bidding for the arms contracts, nor was the deal approved by the entire 33-member Iraqi cabinet."

And these are the good guys.

Rob Boyter
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Has anyone looked at.....
by William Finder / January 22, 2005 1:05 AM PST

Haliburton's bank statements lately?

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Has anybody been able to
by TONI H / January 22, 2005 1:18 AM PST

ascertain who authorized the money to be withdrawn? And if so, why wasn't the money just wire transferred to bank accounts of the arms companies if they were legit? Why would anybody suspect that this was done with American approval or authority?

TONI

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Not I, but the Middle East is the home of unauthorized
by Ziks511 / January 22, 2005 4:16 AM PST

transfers of everything; I do think they might have exercised more care.

Rob B

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