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Lawsuit Claims Three U.S. Companies Funded Terror in Iraq

Lawsuit Claims Three U.S. Companies Funded Terror in Iraq | 17 Oct 2017 | A lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday contends that major American corporations doing business with the Iraqi government during the Iraq War also provided it with free drugs and medical devices that became an important source of funding for a Shiite militia that targeted United States troops. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of members of the American military who were injured or killed by attacks between 2005 and 2009, at the height of the Iraq War. It accuses five companies -- American firms General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer and European drugmakers AstraZeneca and Roche Holding A.G. -- of winning contracts to sell their products to the Iraqi Ministry of Health with the understanding that they also provide additional medical supplies and medicines for free...After the 2003 [illegal] overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the procurement budget for Iraq's health [sic] ministry soared to more than $1 billion in 2004 from about $16 million, in part because of an infusion of aid from the United States. A State Department cable from 2006 quoted a top Iraqi politician as describing the health ministry as "The Ministry of Weapons Transportation."