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New contractor picked to supply coalition troops in Mideast

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 16, 2010; A22

A new contractor has been selected to supply billions of dollars worth of food and beverages to U.S. and other coalition troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan in coming years, replacing a Kuwait-based firm that was indicted in November on charges of overbilling the government for those services.

Agility, a multibillion-dollar, worldwide government contractor, has been fighting the charges in federal district court in Atlanta. Agility and all its subsidiaries are barred from bidding on U.S. government contracts while the legal case is unresolved.

Anham, a six-year-old Dubai-based firm, was chosen over three other bidders for the new contract, which could be worth between $2 billion and $6 billion in the next six years, said Dennis J. Gauci, a spokesman for the Defense Logistics Agency. Anham is a collaboration of three multi-national firms.

Anham's chairman and chief operating officer is Abul Huda Farouki, a Northern Virginia resident and well-known social figure in Washington. His HII-Finance Corp., based in Fairfax County, joined with two giant Middle East conglomerates to form Anham. One is Saudi-based Arab Supply and Trading, and the other is the Munir Sukhtian Group of Companies, a Jordanian investment and operating entity. Since 2004, Anham has "continually grown and expanded its business operations to over 20 countries," according to its Web site.

Another Farouki enterprise, Nour USA, is listed on the Anham Web site as an affiliate. Nour USA is a service company "that provides Anham with a strong interface connection with the U.S. Government, and American non-governmental and business organizations," according to the site. "Nour has proven itself to have the experience and knowledge required to help clients acquire, manage, and execute contracts and projects; especially entities with an international focus."

There will be a roughly six-month transition from Agility to Anham "to allow the new prime vendor sufficient time to take over the contract and the current contractor to diminish current stocks in the supply chain," Gauci said Thursday.

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