UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq has accused five U.N. officials of spying for the United States and ordered them expelled from the country.
The United Nations said Wednesday that Iraq had failed to substantiate its claim that the officials of the humanitarian "oil for food" program were "jeopardizing the security and the integrity of Iraq." But U.N. security officials decided to withdraw the five staff members Tuesday to ensure their safety.
The five U.N. officials -- four Nigerians and a Bosnian -- were overseeing a U.N. program that allows Iraq to sell oil and use the money for mainly humanitarian needs, a loophole in otherwise strict sanctions imposed on the country for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
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