Posted by Brad @ 12:25 am on May 28th 2007

Private Security in Iraq

Gonna post two TPM-flags in a row, but both are interesting.

The first is about a recent spat between Blackwater–a private security contractor that is operating a lot in Iraq–and Iraqi forces (the good kind). The Blackwater guys fired on a car, killing the driver, and Iraqi Interior forces stepped in, and there was a standoff. Details are sketchy because, well, private security forces aren’t accountable to anybody, and choose not to release any details of their operations. Finally, a passing US military convoy had to step in. Steven Benan, filling in for Josh:

As if the dynamic of the conflict wasn’t complex enough, U.S. troops are now interceding in a gunfight between Iraqi Interior Ministry forces and employees of U.S. private security firm.



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