By Steve Fainaru
There are tens of hundreds of thousands of them in Iraq. They paintings for corporations with unique and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent defense workforce, Triple cover, and Blackwater around the globe. They shuttle in convoys of multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed computing device weapons, frag grenades, or even shoulder-fired missiles. They shield every thing from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments of Frappuccino sure for Baghdad's eco-friendly area. They kill Iraqis, and Iraqis kill them. And the one legislation they realize is gigantic Boy Rules.
From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing trip into Iraq's parallel conflict. half Mad Max, half Fight Club, it's a international packed with "private safety contractors"—the U.S. government's sanitized identify for tens of millions of recent mercenaries, or mercs, who roam Iraq with impunity, doing jobs that the overstretched and understaffed army can't or won't do. they're males like Jon Coté, a delicate former U.S. military paratrooper and collage of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too overdue that he made a negative mistake coming again to Iraq. And Paul Reuben, a pleasant safeguard corporation medic who has no formal clinical education and lacks uncomplicated provides, like tourniquets.
They are a part of America's "other" army—some patriotic, a few determined, a few simply out for funds or event. and a few who disappear into the void that's Iraq and are by no means visible back. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with a gaggle of personal protection contractors to determine what motivates them to place their lives at risk each day. He joined Jon Coté and the boys of Crescent defense team as they made their manner via Iraq—armed to tooth, dodging not just bombs and insurgents but in addition their very own Iraqi colleagues. simply days after Fainaru left to head domestic, 5 males of Crescent defense staff have been abducted in huge sunlight on Iraq's major street. How the govt. and the corporate replied unearths the darkish truths in the back of the most important inner most strength within the historical past of yankee warfare...with sixteen pages of pictures.
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