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Private Security Services in Iraq

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1. There are so many contract security that private firms are using over there that are not the military. Please prepare a overview of private security services used in Iraq.

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1. There are so many contract security that private firms are using over there that are not the military. Please prepare a overview of private security services used in Iraq.

Today, there are thousands of private security guards in Iraq. For example, paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm are infamous for their work in Iraq. According to the Washington Post (2005), private security services in Iraq are indeed controversial and report:

As the Blackwater convoy sped down the airport highway, John "Tool" Freeman, a red-headed ex-Marine, was at the wheel of the lead Mamba, a high-riding, $70,000 armored vehicle designed to withstand antitank mines. Used by the South African military in Angola, the vehicle is Blackwater's primary means of zipping State Department employees and other nations' diplomats to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. For additional protection, the convoys are shadowed by helicopters with armed guards perched at the open doors scanning for potential attackers. Freeman, of Portsmouth, Va., said he joined Blackwater after seeing some Marines on television during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. "I'd been missing it for a while," he recalled. "I said 'Man, I really need to get back into this.' " But with average pay of $500 to $600 a day, he said, the money was also a big draw for him and his buddies. He said he planned to work for Blackwater for three years to save up cash for retirement -- and a sailboat. "Most of us have a plan -- it's like, make hay while the sun shines," he said.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10547-2005Apr22.html

The purpose of this report is to...

Now, let's look at several examples for you to consider for the body of your report.

A. Aegis Defense Services

Raymond (2005) reports: 'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers. Specifically, a "trophy" video appears to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the Internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis. According to Raymond (2005), Lt Col Tim Spicer, for the UK, investigated the incident. The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad. The road has acquired the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous in the world because of the number of suicide attacks and ambushes carried out by insurgents against coalition troops. In one four-month period earlier this year it was the scene of 150 attacks. In one of the videoed attacks, a Mercedes is fired on at a distance of several hundred yards before it crashes in to a civilian taxi. In the last clip, a white civilian car is raked with machine gun fire as it approaches an unidentified security company vehicle. Bullets can be seen hitting the vehicle before it comes to a slow stop. There are no clues as to the shooter but either a Scottish or Irish accent can be heard in at least one of the clips above Elvis Presley's Mystery Train, the music that accompanies the video. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/11/27/wirq27.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/11/27/ixworld.html

B. DS Vance Iraq

According to White (2004), there is an additional dimension to the private security firms operating in Iraq, which has not been commented on in the mainstream media. In some cases, these companies, which recruit ex-US Special Forces operatives and right-wing militia types, have a long history of violent repression against the working class in America. One example is DS Vance Iraq, a company profile that appears on the web site iraqitradecenter.com, "operates several security teams from bases throughout Iraq" and is "registered with the Coalition Provisional Authority as a Security Provider for Iraq." The company, which supplies fully armed security and intelligence personnel and recruits and trains local guards, ...

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There are so many contract security that private firms are using over there that are not the military. This solution provides a structure and an overview of private security services used in Iraq. Sources are provided.

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