Iraq arms sales indictment

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A California military contractor and a Chilean arms dealer were indicted on Wednesday on charges linked to cluster-bomb sales to Iraq, AP reports from Miami. The federal indictment charges Teledyne Inc of Los Angeles with shipping munitions-grade zirconium to Carlos Cardoen's weapons company in Chile, which used it to make as many as 24,000 cluster bombs. The bombs were sold to Iraq during its 1980-88 war with Iran, according to the indictment. Mr Cardoen's lawyer in Miami said he would fight extradition from Chile.