Private Security Contractors: Fanning The Flames In Afghanistan?
Author: Jo Erickson, MintPress News, Published on: 16 October 2013
[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 equipped to deal with complex situations and whether...[they] create more distrust with Afghan civilians...Communities in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand province have not forgotten the damage private security contractors caused in the past and are now looking at these rogue soldiers dressed as Afghan police as part of the same problem...[T]here is growing anger in Kabul and other Afghan provinces that President Karzai isn’t moving quickly on the issue of banning private security in Afghanistan. [refers to Academi (formerly Blackwater), Dyncorp]