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Iraqi leaders give conflicting answers on reported Iranian arms deal

BAGHDAD - Iraqi officials gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday about whether or not Baghdad had agreed to buy $195 million worth of arms and ammunition from Iran as reported by Reuters, a deal that if confirmed could damage Iraqi-US relations.
The Defense Ministry denied any such deal had been done, while a senior Iraqi government lawmaker who heads parliament's security and defense committee said Baghdad had bought "some light weapons and ammunition" from Tehran.The United States has demanded explanations from Iraq since such a deal would violate US and UN sanctions imposed on Iran over its disputed nuclear program. An influential US senator said the sale of 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq should be reconsidered until the matter was cleared up.
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