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Iraq Seizes Rockets Smuggled From 'Nearby' Country

Allawi did not say where the weapons originated (file photo) 19 December 2004 -- Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says security forces have captured rockets smuggled into the country by rebels planning to attack polling stations during the run-up to the 30 January general elections.

Allawi did not specify the type of missiles involved. He said they had come from a "nearby" country, which he did not name.

He said his government has contacted the country concerned and is "waiting for an explanation."

Allawi also said that government ministries are preparing a security plan to prevent attacks during the electoral campaign.