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15 Sep 2010

Human Rights First

Contractor Oversight/Accountability Gaps Persist Despite Plan to Expand Presence in Iraq, Afghanistan

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On the third anniversary of the Nisoor Square massacre, as the Obama Administration is making plans to more than double the number of private security contractors in Iraq and deploy thousands more contractors to Afghanistan, inadequate oversight of private contractors in conflict zones and a failure to hold the contractors legally accountable threatens to compromise U.S. national security and undermine the nation's ongoing military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new report released today. In State of Affairs: Three Years After Nisoor Square – Accountability and Oversight of U.S. Private Security and Other Contractors, Human Rights First…assesses the current status of these problems and offers a series of recommendations that aim to improve oversight and accountability of private contractors fielded abroad.