|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 Editorial, Contra 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 www.icasualties.org, 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 Barakat, Associated 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.
|UGANDA: Hundreds Seek Work as Guards in Iraq|
by Daniel Wallis, Reuters
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 Clayton, The 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: The Shadowy World of Guns for Hire |
by Michinobu Yanagisawa and Yomiuri Shimbun, Daily 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.
|AUSTRALIA: Why Aussie Workers Keep Going Back to Iraq|
by Nick Taylor, The 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.