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September 5, 2009

MAJORITY OF U.S. FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN ARE MERCENARIES

Op Ed News - Contractors now make up 57 percent of the Pentagon's Afghanistan personnel. The highest ratio of contractors to military personnel recorded in any war in the history of the United States now exists in Afghanistan, according to a recently released report by a congressional research group. Of particular importance, the report concludes that “abuses and crimes committed by armed private security contractors and interrogators against local nationals may have undermined US efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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