TITLE

Cowboy Up

AUTHOR(S)
Hammer, Joshua
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/24/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 19, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article looks at the civilian security contractors and mercenaries operating in Iraq. It was just before dusk at Baghdad's Al Hamra Hotel, and the patio by the swimming pool was humming with activity. In the last few months, Baghdad's corporate warriors have all but taken over the city. Blackwater provides bodyguards for officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and escorts military supply convoys along Iraq's dangerous highways. When I flew around northern Iraq two weeks ago on an inspection tour of police academies with Lieutenant General David H. Petraeus--the former 101st Airborne Division commander who is now rebuilding Iraq's security forces--Petraeus's entourage was guarded, in part, by Blackwater's private security men.
ACCESSION #
13124829

 

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