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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-23-07 09:50 AM
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23. 2,500 for the State Department. Less than 10,000 total...
... including State Department and DOD.

From this link:

The New York Times, which reported on the issue Wednesday, said the idea is facing resistance from the State Department, which wants to keep control over the 2,500 private security contractors it employs in Iraq, about 800 of them from Blackwater USA.

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"Blackwater is one of three contractors being used by the U.S. and one of ten to fifteen being used in country by the U.S., the U.N. and others," one person familiar with the recommendations said. "The military can't do it all alone. You are going to be living with this for some time and so you need to have rules, regulations and a methodology."

From this link:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is pressing for the nearly 10,000 armed security contractors now working for the United States government in Iraq to fall under a single authority, most likely the American military, in an effort to bring Blackwater USA under tighter control, senior administration officials and Pentagon advisers say.
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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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