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Iraq tried last week to export two shiploads of cars stolen in occupied Kuwait, a U.S. Navy officer said Saturday.

The Cypriot-registered ships, bound for Yemen from the Jordanian port of Aqaba, were boarded, searched and turned back Friday by U.S. ships enforcing an international blockade.

Captain Don Pollard of the missile cruiser USS Mississippi said search parties found cars aboard the 9,691-ton Dongola and 999-ton Tilia were stolen from Kuwait and crudely disguised. He said it was the first time since the blockade was mounted after the conquest of Kuwait that ships outbound from Jordan were turned back for carrying Iraqi exports.

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