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May 19, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
An agreement in principle has been reached with the Iraqi government to place U.N. guards in Iraqi refugee camps, a U.N. official said here Saturday. The first 10 men have already arrived in Baghdad, he said. Announcing the breakthrough on a U.N. security presence in the camps for Kurdish refugees, Bernt Bernander told reporters at a hastily called news conference that enough progress has been made in the talks with Iraqi officials for the United Nations to decide to field the first group.
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December 4, 2005 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Times. Instead, security contractors suspected of reckless behavior are sent home, sometimes with the knowledge of U.S. officials, raising questions about accountability and stirring fierce resentment among Iraqis.
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WORLD
December 4, 2005 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Times. Instead, security contractors suspected of reckless behavior are sent home, sometimes with the knowledge of U.S. officials, raising questions about accountability and stirring fierce resentment among Iraqis.
NEWS
May 19, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
An agreement in principle has been reached with the Iraqi government to place U.N. guards in Iraqi refugee camps, a U.N. official said here Saturday. The first 10 men have already arrived in Baghdad, he said. Announcing the breakthrough on a U.N. security presence in the camps for Kurdish refugees, Bernt Bernander told reporters at a hastily called news conference that enough progress has been made in the talks with Iraqi officials for the United Nations to decide to field the first group.
OPINION
November 4, 2005 | Ted B. Kissell
THE 34-NATION Summit of the Americas, kicking off today in Mar del Plata, Argentina, was a hot topic on Thursday's Spanishlanguage editorial pages. La Nacion of Buenos Aires struck the courtly tone of the gracious host, recounting the history of the summits and the nowmoribund Free Trade Area of the Americas.
WORLD
October 14, 2007 | From Reuters
This African nation has ordered two Americans to leave the country for trying to recruit Namibians to work as security guards in Iraq and Afghanistan, the information minister said Saturday. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the Namibian Security Council also ordered their company, Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group, to cease operations on the grounds that its actions violated Namibian laws.
OPINION
October 10, 2007
Re "Guards who hurt us," Opinion, Oct. 6 Janessa Gans recounts an incident she experienced while being escorted by a Blackwater USA convoy in which an apparently innocent car was forced off the road. Let's reconsider that scenario from a slightly different viewpoint: that of an Iraqi who finds Gans' mission a direct hindrance to his own plans. For a minimal amount of money, he can arrange for the end of this annoyance. What would be a logical place for his paid assassins to arrange Gans' demise?
WORLD
April 30, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A U.S.-run prison in Iraq, where American troops are under investigation in connection with abuse of Iraqi prisoners, used private contractors to interrogate detainees, the attorney for an accused soldier has charged. The private contractors from American companies have been used to question prisoners as part of aggressive intelligence-gathering efforts at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, where U.S.
WORLD
September 2, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
U.S. officials are planning to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home support units and replacing them with "trigger-pullers," defense officials say. The move would beef up the combat force in the country without increasing the overall number of U.S. troops -- a contentious issue as public support for the war slips. But many of the noncombat jobs are likely be filled by private contractors, who have proven a source of controversy in Iraq and a growing issue in Afghanistan.
WORLD
November 10, 2006 | Solomon Moore and Zainab Hussein, Times Staff Writers
Chivalry compelled Wafa Abd's husband to cross the cordon line. Qusai Hussein Saidie was driving home from work and discovered U.S. troops had blocked off his neighborhood during a search for gunmen. But he was worried about Wafa, then seven months pregnant. "He told them, 'My wife is afraid,' " she says, recalling what neighbors told her later. "He came into the neighborhood because he feared for my life and honor."
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January 28, 2008 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes he wakes up with a shudder, thinking he needs to take cover, fast. At other moments he dreams he's running and the mortar shell strikes again, fiery shards of metal ripping through his flesh. "I take pills to help me sleep," Gregorio Calixto says, proffering a box of cheap over-the-counter medication, the only kind he can afford.
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