Washington will allow non-US companies to bid for contracts to rebuild post-war Iraq, says head of US Agency for International Development, Andrew Natsios. A US company has won a $4.8m (£3m) contract to manage Umm Qasr port in southern Iraq. The contract is the second awarded under US Government plans for reconstruction in Iraq. Stevedoring Services of America will be responsible for operating Iraq's only deep-water port, with the aim of allowing food and other humanitarian and reconstruction materials and supplies to be delivered efficiently. US engineering firm Kellogg Brown & Root - part of Halliburton, the company once headed by US vice-president Dick Cheney - earlier picked up a contract to put out oil well fires and repair oil facilities. Doesn't this have to go through the UN.....?