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Private $3 Billion Security Force Planned After U.S. Military Leaves

June 08 2011


In testimony before a watchdog panel, a top U.S. official says the State Dept. plans to hire a private guard force to protect diplomatic personnel, guard embassy buildings and operate a fleet of aircraft and armored vehicles in Iraq, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The planned force of nearly 5,100 will cost almost $3 billion, said Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management.

As the U.S. military withdraws from Iraq by the end of the year, the State Dept. will...

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