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Thursday, April 01, 2004
  More on mercenaries, or the rise of PMCs
From the comment section at Whiskey Bar: All the News That's Fit to Punt, "annalivia" directs people's attention to this:
Guardian | The privatisation of war: "The privatisation of war
*$30bn goes to private military
*Fears over 'hired guns' policy
*British firms get big slice of contracts
*Deals in Baghdad, Kabul and Balkans
Ian Traynor
Wednesday December 10, 2003
The Guardian
Private corporations have penetrated western warfare so deeply that they are now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the Pentagon, a Guardian investigation has established.

While the official coalition figures list the British as the second largest contingent with around 9,900 troops, they are narrowly outnumbered by the 10,000 private military contractors now on the ground."
It's worth your time to go over to Whiskey Bar for this one, and make sure you read the comment section. Billmon's reader's provide a lot of information, besides this Guardian article. 
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