Private Security Companies in Iraq: Mercenaries, Misfits or Misunderstood?

With the American firm Blackwater in the dock, suspicions abound over the whole area of private security in modern conflict. In particular, there is concern about unsatisfactory contracting out of coalition operations in Iraq. But the September dramas on the Baghdad streets involving private security companies produced unreasonable reaction as well as sensible concern.

The World Today Updated 15 October 2020 Published 1 December 2007 4 minute READ

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