Issue 190 - 16 Feb 1987
The convoluted tales engendered by the Iran arms scandal which have some Saudi Arabian connection continue to proliferate. The latest, uncovered as a result of the investigations in the US into the provenance of the Iran arms affair, says that Saudi Arabia agreed in 1981 to channel funds to resistance movements in Afghanistan, Angola and Nicaragua in order to ensure the sale by the US of the advanced AWACS airborne early warning system. The story, carried in some detail in the New York Times, says the agreement was drawn up by top officials of both countries and was approved by King Fahd.

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