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22 June 2004

U.S. hires Briton with spotty past

Author: Charles M. Sennott, Boston Globe

A private British firm [Aegis Defense Services] that won a $293 million contract from the Pentagon to coordinate security in Iraq is headed by a former British commando with a reputation for illicit arms deals in Africa, according to human rights...

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27 November 2005

'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers

Author: Sean Rayment, Telegraph [UK]

A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet... The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject...

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29 October 2006

[PDF] full report: "Corporate Mercenaries - The threat of private military and security companies"

Author: War on Want

The following pages examine the rapid expansion of private military and security companies (PMSCs), particularly as a result of the occupation of Iraq. As well as providing information on the activities of these companies, the report urges all readers...

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30 October 2006

Corporate Mercenaries

Author: War on Want

The British government today comes under attack for its growing use of mercenaries in conflict zones while failing to introduce legislation to tackle their human rights abuses. A new report launched today by War on Want reveals that no prosecutions...

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21 March 2007

[DOC] Private security companies and human rights

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Presentation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to public seminar “Privatization of security and warfare and impacts on human rights”, co-hosted by the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries and the Business & Human...

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3 June 2007

British security companies operating in Iraq - concerns about accountability

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3 June 2007

The security industry: Britain's private army in Iraq

Author: Andrew Johnson, Marie Woolf and Raymond Whitaker, Independent [UK]

...as we grow more reliant on [foreign security guards working in Iraq], their future is perilous in a country without rules...[T]he abduction [of four British security guards] has cast light on the way Iraq's bloody chaos has given birth to an entire...

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1 August 2007

A very private war

Author: Jeremy Scahill, in Guardian [UK]

There are 48,000 'security contractors' in Iraq…In another incident…an off-duty Blackwater operative is alleged to have shot and killed an Iraqi bodyguard of the Shia vice-president…Blackwater officials confirm that after the incident they whisked the...

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1 September 2007

Iraq - Blackwater incident, 16 Sep 2007

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 16 Sep 2007, Blackwater personnel guarding a US diplomatic convoy in Western Baghdad opened fire. The company and the US Government claim the convoy had been attacked but other accounts stated Blackwater's gunfire was unprovoked. According to...

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1 September 2007

[DOC] Do Private Security Companies Have a Role in Ensuring the Security of Local Populations and Aid Workers?

Author: Jean S. Renouf, Coordinator of the European Interagency Security Forum

Within the framework of the debates regarding the concept of protection, this paper examines whether private security companies have a role to play in ensuring the physical security of local populations and whether they can improve the security...

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