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Dirty Wars, A Review, Part 4: The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan)

Iraq The Iraqi occupation (2003-2011) was a mecca for the U.S. military’s Special Operations Forces and a new phase in counter-insurgency that resurrected the CIA’s gruesome tactics of the Vietnam-era of the 1960s. And was a dream come true for … Continue reading

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From Baseworld to Droneworld

Our planet is garrisoned by a network of around 1,100 bases operated by the U.S. military. Many of these sites exist in shadow because they are used for paramilitary operations by Special Forces and the CIA. These bases range in size and … Continue reading

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U.S. Drone Operations: A Map


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Contractors in post-occupation Iraq

A handful of U.S. military personnel will remain in the country, working with the embassy to help with arms sales and training for Iraqi forces. Talks could resume next year on whether more U.S. troops can return for future training … Continue reading

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Private military contractors to remain in Iraq

Despite an immanent US troop drawdown, thousands of private military and security contractors will remain behind, employed by the Department of State. American troops may be leaving Iraq before the end of the year, but U.S. contractors aren’t going anywhere … Continue reading

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All US troops set to withdraw from Iraq at the end of the year

All active US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq, as agreed in 2008. The Obama administration had been keen to extend troop presence, but the Iraq government could not guarantee immunity to the soldiers on the ground. This turned out … Continue reading

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The New Revolution in Military Affairs: Private Sector Warfare

The New Revolution in Military Affairs: Private Sector Warfare After giving a talk at Johns Hopkins University to the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies back in 2005, former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was asked by … Continue reading

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Wartime contracts have wasted billions

Writing in the Washington Post, Christopher Shays, a former Republican congressman from Connecticut, and Michael Thibault, a former deputy director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, co-chaired the bipartisan federal ‘Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan’. Their findings … Continue reading

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US wastes $34 billion in Afghan and Iraqi contracting

An unfinished report from the bipartisan congressional committee, ‘The Commission on Wartime Contracting’, reports on a vast amount of wastage here , with evidence that US aid ends up in the hands of the Taliban here.

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US blocks oversight of mercenary army in Iraq

In 2012, the US State Department will hire 5,500 private security contractors to protect its staff and embassy facilities in Iraq, as the military prepares to withdraw. Yet Stuart Rowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGR) will not … Continue reading

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