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Economic Reporting Strives to Interdict the Flow of ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ Components

This 16 May 2006 post from the NSA internal newsletter SIDToday explains how economic intelligence led to restrictions on dual-use microprocessor sales by US companies, “ultimately saving American and coalition lives.” Front companies in the United Arab Emirates had been facilitating the transfer of components used for improvised explosive devices to Iran and Syria: see the Intercept article 328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology, 15 August 2015.

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