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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africans Freed by Zimbabwe May Face Anti-Mercenary Charges
by Gershwin WanneburgReuters
May 16th, 2005
All 62 were travelling on South African passports when they were detained by Zimbabwe but many were originally from Namibia and Angola -- including former members of South Africa's apartheid-era 32 Battalion, which recruited locals for bush fighting in Angola.

IRAQ: Big Salaries Blur Risk for Hired Guns
by Matthew D. LaPlante Salt Lake Tribune
May 15th, 2005
They're targeted for shootings, bombings - even beheadings. The cash is good. Really good. One-hundred-thousand-for-six-months-work good. Sometimes, it's even better than that. And that's nothing to scoff at for soldiers who don't make a quarter as much for a full year's work. But worth it for the job they're contracted to do?

IRAQ: Money Isn't Worth It for Reconstruction Workers
by EditorialContra Costa Times
May 13th, 2005
Working in Iraq is like playing the lottery -- only in this case, you pray that your number does not come up. According to the Web site, more than 200 foreign private contractors have lost their lives in Iraq in the past two years. Iraq is an extremely hairy place -- particularly for anyone even remotely connected with the U.S. reconstruction efforts.

IRAQ: Whistleblower Lawsuit Hinges on Status of Occupying Government
by MAtthew BarakatAssociated Press
May 12th, 2005
A federal judge must decide whether the United States has jurisdiction over the spending of seized Iraqi assets by the Coalition Provisional Authority. His decision weighs in the balance over a court battle accusing the private security firm, Custer Battles, of defrauding about $50 million while working in postwar Iraq.

U.S.A.: Arms Makers Find Themselves Cash-Heavy from Defense Spending
by Leslie WayneThe New York Times
May 12th, 2005
Top military contractors have about $25 billion to $30 billion in cash sitting in their coffers. Fully, indebted to the government for their revenues resulting form record Pentagon budgets and spending on homeland security, shareholders are happy and stocks are reaching new highs.

UGANDA: Hundreds Seek Work as Guards in Iraq
by Daniel WallisReuters
May 11th, 2005
Undeterred by the risks, up to 1,000 mostly young men marched, jogged and goose-stepped around a suburban park after a local company, Askar Security Services, said it had been hired by "international partners" to recruit Ugandans for work in Iraq and other countries.

SOUTH AFRICA: Dogs of War Head Home – But They'll Find It's Gone
by Jonathan ClaytonThe Times
May 11th, 2005
After more than a year in a Zimbabwean jail 62 black South African mercenaries are due to be released, but freedom will be a bittersweet experience. Embarrassed by the “cesspool of mercenaries” within its midst, the South African authorities have decreed that the dust-blown town of Pomfret must be razed and the inhabitants scattered across the country.

IRAQ: America's Hired Guns Find Gold or Death
Agence France-Presse
May 11th, 2005
Day rates peaking at $1,000 turned post-Saddam Hussein Iraq into a modern day Klondike for private security firms, but a growing number of hired guns are paying the price in blood.

IRAQ: Invoices Detail Security Firm's Alleged Fraudulent Billing
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
May 11th, 2005
Hundreds of pages of documents provide a fuller picture of the allegations at the heart of a lawsuit against private security firm, Custer Battles, which accusers claim operated shell companies that were used to bilk millions of dollars from the Coalition Provisional Authority.

IRAQ: Pentagon Claims Contractors Not Targeted 'Systematically'
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
May 10th, 2005
U.S. contractors hit by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire in Iraq are victims of circumstance, and there is little evidence that attacks on U.S. contractors are 'systematic,' says a Pentagon report to Congress.

U.S.A.: Military Contractors Overseas Still In 'Gray Area' Despite New Rules
by Nathan HodgeDefense Daily
May 10th, 2005
Among other things, rules reaffirm that it is permissible for contractors--at the discretion of the combatant commander--to carry weapons in war zones such as Iraq. Such provisions are bound to please some headed for work in hostile environments, but they have some companies worried about their legal liabilities.

IRAQ: Rebuilding Lags, Security Eats Precious Funds, Evidence of Corruption
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
Asked if rebuilding funds were being spent as Congress intended, the special inspector general said "No," Money had been diverted to security, forcing projects to be scaled back. There has also been evidence of corruption in some U.S.-funded deals.

IRAQ: The Shadowy World of Guns for Hire
by Michinobu Yanagisawa and Yomiuri ShimbunDaily Yomiuri
May 10th, 2005
What private security firms in Iraq actually do has been shrouded in mystery. Some provide more than just security. Many are involved in military activities.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Gives $72 Million Bonus to Halliburton
by Sue PlemingReuters
May 10th, 2005
The U.S. Army awarded $72 million in bonuses to Halliburton Co. for logistics work in Iraq, but had not decided whether to give the Texas company bonuses for disputed dining services to troops.

JAPAN: Japanese Security Specialist Kidnapped in Iraq
by Kanako TakaharaThe Japan Times
May 10th, 2005
Japanese officials scrambled to find information on the kidnapping of a 44-year-old Japanese security specialist working as a consultant for Hart Security Ltd., a Cyprus-based security contractor.

U.S.A.: Pentagon's Mystery Contingency Operations Gets CACI Bigger
by John StantonDissident Voice
May 9th, 2005

CHILE: Government Official Sues Company Sending Mercenaries to Iraq
Prensa Latina
May 9th, 2005
A Socialist deputy has taken legal action against the head of a company recruiting Chilean military personnel and adventurers in order to send them to Iraq as mercenaries.

NIGERIA: DynCorp International Will Build and Operate West Africa's Most Advanced Private Airport
DynCorp International (Press Release)
May 8th, 2005
The private military company and provider of aviation services worldwide is designing and building a $300 million airport facility to "meet the rapidly-growing needs of West and Central Africa." The company will equip and operate maintenance, repair and air-cargo facilities.

AUSTRALIA: Why Aussie Workers Keep Going Back to Iraq
by Nick TaylorThe Sunday Times
May 8th, 2005
There are actually fewer than 70 Australians registered with the Australian Embassy in Iraq, but the true number is thought to be more than 200. Many contractors arrive without telling authorities.They include aid workers, security guards, truck drivers and representatives from Australian firms, including Perth-based oil and engineering companies. Australian companies have won an estimated $1 billion in Iraq contracts.

U.S.A.: Army to Split Translation Work now Held by Single Company
by Edmond LococoBloomberg News
May 8th, 2005
The U.S. Army plans to split the worldwide translation work now held by Titan Corp. into three contracts when the current $400 million award runs out in September, to make more room for involvement by small businesses.

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