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Iraq: U.S. Allows Arms Exports To Iraqi Forces

Washington, 21 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. State Department says it has repealed a ban on arms exports to Iraq so that the United States can supply weapons to a new army and police force. The United States imposed the ban in 1990, at about the time that Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait.

Recent legislation authorized the export of some military equipment to Iraq, but did not allow the United States to supply them to Iraqi forces. The latest amendments to the regulations remove that restriction.

The Bush administration has adopted a policy of handing over security duties to Iraqi forces as soon as possible.