Friday, March 05, 2004

Russian engineers secretly aided Saddam Hussein's long-range ballistic missile program, the New York Times reported on Friday citing American government officials.

U.S. investigators said that Russian engineers worked on the Iraqi program both in Moscow and in Baghdad, and that some were in the Iraqi capital as recently as 2001, the newspaper reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.

The engineers who provided technical help for prohibited weapons projects before the war worked for a private company rather than the Russian government, the Times reported...

Moscow denied any knowledge of Russian support for the prohibited missile program.

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