Police in the German city of Bielefeld have charged two men on suspicion of trying to supply rocket components to Iraq. Public prosecutors said the two men are both German citizens but one is of Iraqi origin. They are accused of breaching export rules. Investigators say one of the suspects has admitted that he and his business partner met with three Iraqi generals in a series of meetings at Iraqi military bases near Baghdad last December.
Germany has stepped back from a threat to withdraw its military crew from AWACS reconnaissance planes deployed in a NATO mission over Turkey. Germany has provided the AWACS crew members for defensive purposes only, to help safeguard Turkey - a NATO ally. Berlin now says that it plans to push the NATO alliance to pull its AWACS planes out of Turkey, should it become actively involved in the Second Gulf War.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003