Friday, February 29, 2008

Inside: Iraq's Kill Zone

Would you leave friends and family to voluntarily work in a war zone? Is six hundred US dollars a day worth risking your life? For 25,000 international security contractors employed in Iraq today, apparently it is. Each day these tattooed, muscle bound civilians run a gauntlet of hidden dangers as they carry out critical missions to safeguard the Iraqi reconstruction effort and protect VIPs. As private contractors, they are hired to perform seemingly mundane, but definitely dangerous tasks that were once the exclusive domain of the military. Critics believe they simply add to the already chaotic situation in Iraq, a country on the verge of civil war. The contractors are adamant they're not in Iraq to fight but are instead trained to avoid conflict. Now that insurgents don't distinguish between civilian contractors and coalition forces, the grim reality is that working in Iraq means every mission could be your last.

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