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U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, new figures show.
Over 180,000 contractors in Iraq compared to 160,000 troops.
The number of private contractors is far higher than previously reported; shows how heavily the Bush administration has relied on private corporations to carry out the occupation of Iraq - a mission criticized as being undermanned.
I wish to demonstrate further the infelicity of these arms. The mercenary captains are either capable men or they are not; if they are, you cannot trust them, because they always aspire to their own greatness, either by oppressing you, who are their master, or others contrary to your intentions; but if the captain is not skilful, you are ruined in the usual way.
Originally posted by Togetic
I recognize that having people outside of the military command structure going around and causing wanton violence is not a good thing. Are there actual reports of this happening? Can it be proven? But to say that they are going around inciting violence is a heavy charge that is irresponsible to throw around.
Originally posted by makeitso
Anybody have the breakdown of how many of the 180,000 are involved in construction?
Between the logistics giant Halliburton and a myriad of armed security companies, private military contractors comprise the second largest "force" in Iraq, far outnumbering all non-U.S. forces combined. There are as many as 100,000 civilian contractors and approximately 20,000 private security forces.
KBR has 50,000 employees in Iraq and Kuwait that run U.S. military supply lines and operate U.S. military bases.
Warns George Washington University Professor Steve Schooner, an expert on military contracting, "We have tens of thousands of armed contractors in Iraq defending the Green Zone, defending the military, defending contractors… But they're not part of the military command structure." Schooner suggests there can be trouble when private contractors carry weapons and have tactical responsibilities yet aren't getting the same information or direction. Peter Singer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of "Corporate Warriors" agrees: "There's a bubbling resentment … and you're starting to sense a backlash from the military."
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
This war is like no other. Our current situation, with Americans having their heads in the sand, is like none that has come before. This administration is making history. Unfortunately, many of us will never become aware of it and most won't care until it's too late.
United States: 250,000 invasion--165,000 current (6/07)
United Kingdom: 45,000 invasion--5,500 current (5/07)
Poland: 194 invasion--2,500 peak--900 current (2/07)
Australia: 2,000 invasion--638 current (2/07)
Denmark: 300 invasion--460 current (2/07)
TOTAL INVASION DEPLOYMENT, REGULAR TROOPS
South Korea: 3,600 peak – 1,200 current (5/07; deployed 5/03)
Romania: 730 peak – 405 current (5/07; deployed 7/03)
Georgia: 500 troops – 300 current (2/07)
El Salvador: 380 troops (2/07) (deployed 08/03)
Czech Republic: 300 peak--89 current (5/07)
Azerbaijan: 250 troops (2/07)
Latvia: 136 peak--125 current (2/07)(deployed 4/04)
Mongolia: 180 peak--100 current (2/07)(deployed 8/03)
Albania: 120 troops (2/07)
Lithuania: 120 peak--53 current (2/07)
Slovakia: 110 troops (2/07) (deployed 8/03)
Armenia: 46 current (2/07; deployed 1/05)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 36 troops (2/07; deployed 6/05)
Estonia: 35 current (2/07; deployed 6/05)
Macedonia: 33 troops (2/07)(deployed 7/03)
Kazakhstan: 29 troops (2/07)(deployed 9/03)
Moldova: 24 peak--12 current (2/07)(deployed 9/03)
Bulgaria : 485 peak--155 current (2/07)(deployed 5/03)
TOTAL CURRENT DEPLOYMENT AS OF JUNE 2007
175,866 Regular Troops
~182,000 Private military contractors (118,000 Iraqi, 43,000 Other, 21,000 US)
As of June 2007, there were around 166,000 Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel deployed to the western, northern and central regions of Iraq. The latest figure includes the 28,500 troops sent to Iraq as part of the troop surge plan, which began in early 2007. When completed, the increase will consist of about 17,500 troops deployed to Baghdad, around 4,000 to Anbar Province, 2,200 military police to guard an increasing number of prisoners, and 6,000 - 7,000 support soldiers. An additional 30,000 troops are deployed in the Gulf region. As of June 28, 2007, a total of 3,570 American military personnel (including all branches of the military) had been killed in Iraq: 2,943 in engagements and ambushes (assault rifle and sniper fire; RPG, primitive rocket and mortar attacks; the shooting down of several helicopters and a jet; but mostly roadside bombings) as well as vehicle accidents which occurred as a result of hostile fire. A further 628 were killed in non-hostile incidents including a small number of drownings, illnesses and electrocutions, but mostly vehicle and weapon accidents (a sizeable portion of the latter are believed to have been suicides, but such information is not readily realeased). As of 19 May 2007; at least 61,672 American military personnel have fallen ill, been wounded or injured: 34,650 of these requiring medical evacuation. Four soldiers are currently listed as captured. The Iraq war has caused considerable debate in the United States, with several prominent Senators demanding a withdrawal due to considerable casualties and a lack of progress. The US military itself has encountered some difficulties in sustaining such large deployments, and to this effect extended tours of duty and relaxed restrictions regarding volunteers with a criminal history under the so-called Moral Waiver. Both of these changes are expected to increase the probability of violence against Iraqi non-combatants.
BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Soldiers became citizens of the country they risk their lives for, while others decided to extend their time in service to continue the fight against terrorism.
The U.S. Army conducted a naturalization and re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Victory on Wednesday.
Over 160 Soldiers became U.S. citizens at Camp Victory’s Al Faw Palace, while 600 servicemembers serving around IraqAmerica’s 231st birthday. re-enlisted on
Becoming a U.S. citizen is a life-long dream come true for the newly naturalized Soldiers.
“I always wanted to become one ever since I was a little girl,” said Pfc. Kellin Varela, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. “So I decided to do it when I joined the service.“
Does that mean there aren't over 200K contract killers
Company: Kulak Construction Co. Description: Based in Turkey, supplies construction workers to U.S. bases Total employees: 30,301
Company: KBR Description: Based in Houston, supplies logistics support to U.S. troops Total employees: 15,336
Company: Prime Projects International Description: Based in Dubai, supplies labor for logistics support Total employees: 10,560
Company: L-3 Communications Description: Based in New York, provides translators and other services Total employees: 5,886
Company: Gulf Catering Co. Description: Based in Saudi Arabia, provides kitchen services to U.S. troops Total employees: 4,002
Company: 77 Construction Description: Based in Irbil, Iraq, provides logistics support to troops Total employees: 3,219
Company: ECC Description: Based in Burlingame, Calif, works on reconstruction projects Total employees: 2,390
Company: Serka Group Description: Based in Turkey, supplies logistics support to U.S. bases Total employees: 2,250
Company: IPBD Ltd. Description: Based in England, supplies labor, laundry services and other support Total employees: 2,164