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U.S. BEAMS RADIO PROGRAM TO IRAQ

When it comes to learning about the rest of the world, Iraqis have had virtually no choices beyond tightly controlled government outlets.

The Clinton administration is trying to add at least a U.S. point of view to the alternatives with a new program, Radio Free Iraq, part of an expanding effort to weaken President Saddam Hussein's grip on his people.

For the past four weeks, Iraqis have been able to hear Arabic-language news and commentary on a 45-minute daily broadcast from studios in Prague. The broadcasts are patterned along the lines of the U.S.-sponsored broadcasts to communist countries during the Cold War.

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