March 8, 2011
WASHINGTON – The number of private security personnel working for the US military in Afghanistan rose to 18,919 at the end of last year, the highest level used in any conflict by the United States, a congressional report said.
The Congressional Research Service report said that the number of private security contractor personnel in Afghanistan has more than tripled since June 2009.
The firms provide security across violence-wracked Afghanistan to groups ranging from foreign militaries and embassies to non-governmental organizations to media companies.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been seeking to disband private security contractors, charging that they loot and steal, have links to criminal groups and might even fund insurgents.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 5:05 am