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One sign of moves by moderates to check Iran: Egypt has sent Iraq three packages of arms and ammunition, and a fourth will be shipped next month.

The third shipment, made last month, contained heavy war equipment manufactured in Egypt, as well as foreign -- but not Soviet-made -- arms and ammunition. It is believed to have significantly helped the Iraqis, who suffered severe setbacks in their war with Iran last fall.

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Some Egyptians living in Iraq are believed to have joined the Iraqi Army. And some Egyptian reserve officers also have been hired by Iraq as military advisers.

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