US limits participation in Iraq reconstruction contracts

The Pentagon last week said it is excluding Germany, France, Russia, Canada, and China from US contracts to rebuild Iraq's oil sector and other critical infrastructures because of "essential" national security concerns.US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz Dec. 5 signed a list of approved countries that can participate in 26 identified contracts, potentially worth $18.6 billion. Among the pending proposals before the Pentagon are two contracts to restore oil services to Iraq's northern and southern regions.Countries that are eligible to participate are described in his memo as "coalition partners and force contributing nations." Limiting prime contracts to companies from t...

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