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16 October 2013

Private Security Contractors: Fanning The Flames In Afghanistan?

Author: Jo Erickson, MintPress News

[I]n Afghanistan...civilian casualties are escalating. Adding to the death toll are U.S.-backed private security contractors...As the U.S military heightens security on its bases, it exposes a larger question of whether private security companies are...

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8 September 2012

Potential for a mining boom splits factions in Afghanistan

Author: Graham Bowley, New York Times

If there is a road to a happy ending in Afghanistan, much of the path may run underground: in the trillion-dollar reservoir of natural resources — oil, gold, iron ore, copper, lithium and other minerals — that has brought hopes of a more self...

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12 December 2011

Global Witness welcomes landmark commitment to good management of Afghan mineral wealth

Author: Global Witness

Afghanistan and its donors have taken an important step in making sure the country’s vast potential mineral wealth translates into development by recognising the importance of transparency and accountability in the sector...In the closing statement,...

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19 May 2010

[PDF] Private Security Companies and Local Populations: An Exploratory Study of Afghanistan and Angola

Author: Ulrike Joras and Adrian Schuster (eds.), Swisspeace

This paper looks at how local populations perceive Private Security Companies (PSCs) and what the impact of their activities may be on peoples’ every day lives, examining the two country cases, Afghanistan and Angola...The study suggests that PSCs...

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9 May 2010

Afghanistan bars security firms

Author: AFP

Afghanistan has barred two private security firms from one of the country's most dangerous highways after their guards shot and killed two civilians, the government said Sunday...The victims were killed accidentally in separate incidents...interior...

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9 May 2010
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Author: Nouvel Obs

Deux sociétés privées de sécurité ont été sanctionnées, dimanche 9 mai, par les autorités afghanes après avoir tué deux civils par erreur...Ainsi, les sociétés Compass et Watan Risk Management ne sont plus autorisées à escorter des convois entre Kaboul...

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7 January 2010

Former Blackwater guards charged with murder

Author: James Risen, New York Times

Two former Blackwater security guards were arrested Thursday on murder charges stemming from a shooting in Afghanistan last May that left two Afghans dead and a third wounded, the Justice Department said... [The] arrests seemed to signal that the...

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16 September 2009

[PDF] "The public cost of private security in Afghanistan"

Author: Centre on International Cooperation

The absence of effective oversight of the private security sector in Afghanistan undermines the credibility and safety of the Afghan government and the international stabilization effort... To date, regulation of PSCs in Afghanistan has been more...

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11 September 2009

Embassy guards visited sex-slave brothels, whistleblower claims

Author: Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service [USA]

A former director for a private security firm responsible for guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul says he was fired for repeatedly warning his superiors that company managers and guards frequented brothels staffed by Chinese sex slaves, and that U.S....

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4 September 2009

Wackenhut aids inquiry into its Afghanistan contractor

Author: CNN

The parent company of a security contractor said Thursday it is "fully cooperating" in the investigation of allegations that the contractor allowed mistreatment, sexual activity and intimidation within the ranks of private guards hired to protect the...

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