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Monday, August 16, 2010

Just wondering: If private security firms are dis-banded in Afghanistan, who will protect the news media that's not embedded?

Just wondering: If private security firms are dis-banded in Afghanistan, who will protect the news media that's not embedded?

The Washington Post
Karzai moves to disband private security firms in Afghanistan

By Joshua Partlow

Monday, August 16, 2010; 9:58 AM


KABUL -- President Hamid Karzai intends to disband all private security companies in Afghanistan within four months, his spokesman said Monday, a timeline that likely will meet with strong resistance from NATO forces who rely heavily on the companies to provide security to convoys and installations across the country.


The announcement came as a surprise to U.S. military officials who have recently begun a review of their security contracts in an attempt to address the widespread allegations that such guards are unaccountable and that their reckless behavior inflames public sentiment against foreign forces


Read the rest of the article at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/16/AR2010081602041.html

For more on the nexus of American diplomacy, the military and the intelligence agencies, see the Washington Post's Checkpoint Washington blog at
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkpoint-washington/

Their latest post is: Gates retiring? Don't bet on it.

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