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GENEVA (AFP) - Methods used by private western security companies to recruit mercenaries in poor countries and send them into dangerous areas like Iraq are deeply worrying, according to a UN report to be presented next month.
Private security guards employed by western companies make up the second highest number of armed forces currently posted in Iraq, after the US military but ahead of the British troops, according to Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, the head of a United Nations workgroup on the use of mercenaries.
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