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Moroccan Paper Reports Russia Delivering Mig-23s to Egypt

The Moroccan Istiqal Party’s newspaper Opinion yesterday reported that the Soviet Union has begun delivering to Egypt 200 MIG-23 jet fighters capable of carrying nuclear weapons. A Rabat radio broadcast said the MIGs are more maneuverable than the 50 F-4 Phantom jets that the U.S. is selling to Israel. Opinion quoted sources it said were close to the Cairo Government as saying the MIGs are “only a security measure and a deterrent to Israeli use of atomic weapons in an eventual attack.” Israeli sources said Sunday that negotiations in Washington for the sale of the Phantoms are nearly complete.