Security contractors in Afghanistan ‘fund Taliban’

October 8, 2010 04:54

The study by the Senate Armed Services Committee says this is because contractors often fail to vet local recruits and end up hiring warlords.

BBC News


Some 26,000 private security personnel, mostly Afghans, operate in Afghanistan.

Nine out of 10 of them work for the US government.

Private security firms in Afghanistan provide guards for everything from diplomatic missions and aid agencies to supply convoys.

“These contractors threaten the security of our troops and risk the success of our mission,” he added.

The report paints a disturbing picture of how some of those hired have little training or experience in firing weapons, while other contractors are warlords with known links to the Taliban, the BBC’s Steve Kingstone in Washington says.


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