Iraq Strengthens Air Force with French Parts

(Washington Times) - Bill Gertz A French company has been selling spare parts to Iraq for its French-made Mirage F-1 jets and Gazelle attack helicopters during the past several months, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Other intelligence reports indicate that Iraq had succeeded in acquiring French weaponry illegally for years. France now has an estimated $4 billion in debts owed to it by Iraq as a result of arms sales and infrastructure construction projects - another reason U.S. officials believe France is opposing military force to oust Saddam.

2003-03-07 00:00:00

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