More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times. […] But there are also signs that even those mounting numbers may not capture the full picture. Private security contractors, who are hired to protect government officials and buildings, were not fully counted in the survey, according to industry and government officials. Continuing uncertainty over the numbers of armed contractors drew special criticism from military experts.Legosoldaterna står givetvis ännu mer än vanliga amerikanska soldater utanför olika former av kontroll och kan därför begå övergrepp mer ostört.
“We don't have control of all the coalition guns in Iraq. That's dangerous for our country,” said William Nash, a retired Army general and reconstruction expert. The Pentagon “is hiring guns. You can rationalize it all you want, but that's obscene.”
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