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Several U.S. Army veterans and relatives of soldiers who were killed or wounded in Iraq accused four large drug makers and a medical equipment supplier of bribing Iraqi health ministry officials to win contracts, despite knowing the agency was controlled by an anti-American terror group.

According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Pfizer (PFE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Roche (ROG), AstraZeneca (AZN), and GE Healthcare (GE) allegedly paid kickbacks to ministry officials, who used the money to fund the Shiite militia Mahdi Army,  which carried out attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq between 2005 and 2009.

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  • At the risk of being too glib, the thought that came to mind was “None dare call it treason” but that is just a sign of the times I suppose.

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