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Report: US fails at enforcing prosecution of contractors

The US government has the legal authority to prosecute private contractors for crimes they commit in Iraq but often declines to use it, according to a report released today by…Human Rights First…The behaviour of contractors for Blackwater and other security firms has sparked resentment among Iraqi officials as well as civilians…"These violent attacks have created a culture of impunity that…promotes more abuse by contractors over time," the report states…The human rights report singles out ArmorGroup and Aegis Defence Services, another UK-based contractor, for tracking incidents involving firearms use by their employees, in contrast with US companies that do not routinely keep such records. [also refers to KBR]