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Thursday, June 3


Well, this isn't pretty. The article has lots of details so try to read it if you have some time. Iraq Contract Goes to Firm with links to Chalabi, Pentagon
Virginia-based Nour USA was originally granted a $327 million contract to supply the new Iraqi military and Civil Defense Forces in January, according to New York Newsday.


According to Reuters, however, the decision to grant the contract to Nour was upheld last week following a government review. A press release by the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) elaborated that the current contract is now worth $260 million, somewhat less than the original January deal. TACOM says the materials supplied by Nour would be used by Iraqi and "associated" armed forces, "in support of" the US-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), which is scheduled to dissolved after transferring limited sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on June 30.


Nour has been directly involved in some of the most controversial of these deals. Newsday reported in February that Chalabi received a $2 million "fee" for helping to arrange an $80 million contract to provide security for Iraqi oil pipelines, awarded last August to the mercenary firm Erinys International. Chalabi subsequently denied the allegation, but admits he considers Farouki a "friend." The Newsday report says that "within days" of being granted the contract, Erinys became a joint venture operation with Nour.
What a sick joke.


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