National Intelligence Daily (Cable)
FRANCE-IRAN: Bracing lor Reaclinn
//Tho FrencP *'t prapa/aigossible Sf'Orto toman ttsamn lo:hvl S'jpfwin Exocet mitsHts to Iraq.//
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//Sine* the French have only limited resources in the area and nan obligations in Lebanon, they would be dependant on the US tor air cover and othe* assistance in militaryhe region.//Original document.