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Crop-spraying efforts in the northern Iraqi province of Dahuk has concluded after two weeks, with U.S. officials saying the effort will help “reduce the amount of insect damage to the country’s vital wheat and date crops.”

The program, undertaken with the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and dubbed Operation Barnstormer, included spraying operations in major agricultural areas in the provinces of Karbala, Wasit, Babil, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa and Dohuk, U.S. military officials said.

It was the first aerial pesticide-spraying operation anywhere in Iraq since the war began, officials said.

“With the increased yield that is expected to result from this spraying, Iraq should see a boost in revenues from its date exports and a reduction in the amount of wheat imported to supply the Iraqi citizens,” a U.S. military news release read.

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