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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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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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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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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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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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