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Although the government has declined to state publicly whether it will support a U.S.-led war on Iraq, it has recently been considering how it might help the United States in the event of a conflict and how it can assist in the postwar rehabilitation of Iraq and surrounding countries.

Possible options include sending Self-Defense Forces units to provide logistic support for the U.S.-led operation, to assist in the reconstruction of roads and other infrastructure, and to help with the disposal of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological agents.

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