Iraq contracts bar war opponents

Companies from countries opposed to the conflict in Iraq will be barred from bidding for new rebuilding contracts worth $18.6bn, the Pentagon has said. US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said the policy was necessary to protect America's "essential security interests". The 26 prime contracts cover areas such as oil, power, communications, water, housing and public works centres. The ban would exclude firms from countries such as France and Germany.


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