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Ali Ahmed. Prof. Middleton. MG 201. Private Security Operators in Iraq: Mercenaries on the loose, or a needed element to fight a guerrilla war fare? They look something out of a video game. Most of them have these things in common: they sport dark glasses, long hair, hidden under some kind of head wear, a beard, an expensive sport watch, donned from head to toe in the latest and best military gear, and all are veterans of the armed forces (usually a special forces or a combat arms group). They come of as being an enigma, they say little. It is their actions that are the loudest , and it is often heard through a barrel of a weapon. To some they are saviors, but to most they are an apathetic killing machines. Most people would categorize them as being mercenaries. Yes, the point of interest in the above discussion are the private security personal operating in the Iraq conflict. Who Are They: There are at any given time, between 20,000 to 30,000 private security operators in Iraq. Most of them are assigned duty for a certain amount of time, just like the military. Most of the security personnel work for the Department of Defense or US intelligence agencies. About 1,400 are employed by the Department of State, according to US government figures (CS Monitor). The security personal come from all backgrounds and regions in the US. They are contracted by security companies, and serve a contract. Their pay is based on location, experience, and demand of their skills etc. Almost all are veterans of the armed forces. Most of them were in elite special forces Ali Ahmed-2
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groups, like the Navy SEALS, Marine Corps Reconnaissance Unit, Green Berets, Delta Force, and so on. A considerable amount also have prior combat experience. Many Iraq and Afghanistan vets leave the military, to join a more lucrative career as a private security operator. To most people they are just war ‘junkies’. In other words, they are people who get paid, to get their fix. Why and What they are needed for?: With the chaotic combat environment after the invasion of Iraq, there was an immediate demand for security personal in order to protect important private contractors and government officials there. Most security personal in Iraq protect groups of people or certain individuals. They are
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