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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-23-07 08:59 AM
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How many mercenaries do w* and co have in Iraq and Afghanistan now
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Edited on Tue Oct-23-07 08:59 AM by madokie
if the number is in the 10's of thousands as I have read what am I to believe that none of them are being killed or wounded. I never see any mention of them in our local paper either except of course the four who bushco* leveled fallujah in retaliation for early on. My question though is would the disconnect between the numbers of US Troops told to us that are killed and wounded there and the numbers the Iraqi are seeing happening with their own eyes, because when they see US it doesn't matter to them if it is US Army, Marines, National Guard or contractors all they see is US, don't ya think maybe that might be embolden them to some extent to keep on fighting, besides of course the fact that we are brutal occupiers. my suspicion is that they are seeing a lot more 'American' being killed than what we are being told. I'm beginning to believe that is one of the reasons for bushco* having so big of a mercenary army there in the first place, to keep the KIA's numbers down, you notice I only said one of the reasons cause I believe they have many reasons for using mercenaries, there's lots of under handed shit going on over there every day and that if a lot of it was to come to light it'll be katie bar the door for them and they know it

anyways I'm prolly not making any sense here and I'm trying so hard to too
peace to all

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  -How many mercenaries do w* and co have in Iraq and Afghanistan now madokie  Oct-23-07 08:59 AM   #0 
  - Do you recall where you read that it was in the tens of thousands?  bryant69   Oct-23-07 09:00 AM   #1 
  - actually the numbers I've read are like 160,000 or more and I read it here  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:04 AM   #5 
     - I remember that too  shadowknows69   Oct-23-07 09:10 AM   #10 
     - That # includes truck drivers, utilities workers, cafeteria workers, etc...  aikoaiko   Oct-23-07 09:22 AM   #18 
        - I have no idea and its seems no one really does either  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:30 AM   #19 
  - Last I saw, the number of private security in Iraq was about 40,000. That said...  SteppingRazor   Oct-23-07 09:01 AM   #2 
  - 48,000, according to this article (and many others):  SteppingRazor   Oct-23-07 09:02 AM   #3 
     - 48,000 employees of private military/security firms.  aikoaiko   Oct-23-07 09:46 AM   #22 
        - you know I wasn't really interested in the actual numbers because for one thing who do you trust to  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:52 AM   #24 
           - Well, then read the nytimes if your local paper won't tell you.  aikoaiko   Oct-23-07 09:59 AM   #28 
              - anyways thanks for the help  madokie   Oct-23-07 10:01 AM   #29 
  - Where are you getting your definition of mercenary from ?  Zywiec   Oct-23-07 09:04 AM   #4 
  - would crusaders be better  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:07 AM   #6 
     - No, private security employee would probably be more accurate.  Zywiec   Oct-23-07 09:09 AM   #8 
  - We know that SOME blackwater types were killed cuz their families  soothsayer   Oct-23-07 09:09 AM   #7 
  - I'm sure there is a clause in their contract with blackwater alluding to just that too  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:11 AM   #11 
  - Could be to keep the tax bill down, wouldn't wanna benefit Merika would they?  lonestarnot   Oct-23-07 09:10 AM   #9 
  - lots of reasons  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:13 AM   #13 
     - You can look at icasulties  catmandu57   Oct-23-07 09:21 AM   #17 
  - Define mercenary? The number of ARMED contractors is only a fraction...  mvccd1000   Oct-23-07 09:12 AM   #12 
  - The OP uses mercenary and crusader interchangeably  Zywiec   Oct-23-07 09:14 AM   #14 
  - in this case I do honey  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:17 AM   #16 
  - my diffinition come from meriam webster dictonary  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:15 AM   #15 
     - actually the non-security contractors are forbidden to carry  aikoaiko   Oct-23-07 09:33 AM   #20 
        - I don't believe any of that  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:35 AM   #21 
           - Stll true, with or without your belief.  mvccd1000   Oct-23-07 09:54 AM   #25 
           - You are there and telling me this so I will believe you ok  madokie   Oct-23-07 09:58 AM   #27 
              - Thanks - I kinda hope so, too. :) nt  mvccd1000   Oct-23-07 10:02 AM   #30 
           - You may or may not believe. It makes no difference to me.  aikoaiko   Oct-23-07 09:55 AM   #26 
  - 2,500 for the State Department. Less than 10,000 total...  mvccd1000   Oct-23-07 09:50 AM   #23 
  - Jeremy Scahill said there are 180,000 contractors in Iraq, 170,000 US troops  antigop   Oct-23-07 10:06 AM   #31 

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