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American Aid to Iraq Before the Start of the War

Reporter Douglas Franz of the Los Angeles Times. He and reporter Mark Waas first broke the story that the Bush Administration continued to guarantee loans and to export military equipment to Iraq in late 1989 even though intelligence reports warned that Baghdad was developing a nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles. The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating an alleged cover-up by the C.I.A. and the Justice Department related to a loan to Saddam Hussein of five billion dollars in the years before the war, some of which was used to finance Iraq's arms program.

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Other segments from the episode on October 13, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 13, 1992: Interview with Douglas Frantz; Interview with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; Commentary on Scepter Records.

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