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Friday, December 05, 2003 7:08 AM

Dan Layton and I made the decision today to keep IMCO (and our guys)
inside the green zone until we can get a security manager on the ground
who can hire local security to escort our folks.  This is based
primarily on the shooting incident yesterday but also on the recent
increase in attacks on civilian contractors.

Tim is working out a plan to conduct training, etc. until we can get
them back in the field.


Sunday, November 23, 2003 11:08 AM

Dan Layton and Emmanual are back from Erbil having finished all the
contract extensions.  The CPA Oil for Food folks are now having trouble
accessing their “GAP” funding that is needed to pay all the NGO’s.  Dan
and Emmanual will work this while here.  Emmanual is doing great and Dan
Layton wants him to stay on in 2004.  Emmanual wants to stay on also.

It now looks like the entire RMAC North will be contracted folks
(Personal Service Contracts) as Dan Layton and Siraj Barzani, NMAA
Director General really want the former UN (national) folks to run the
RMAC.  Unfortunately, the former UN folks won’t work for the RMAC
because of the low Min of Planning salaries.  As of today, no one has
been hired for the RMAC North and the NMAA just took over the entire
operation there.  Dan Bowen’s folks (nationals) in the RMAC south, who
were just hired, still don’t have a pay scale even though they were
hired as Min of Planning employees.  Siraj Barzani is now getting cold
feet about his job because his UN salary ended on Friday and he realizes
he can’t make ends meet with his government salary.  What this means is
that the expats (the few there are) are carrying the load for the entire
NMAA right now.

I sent a separate e-mail on Steve Wilson regarding his extension in the
north.  He wants to make a decision about his future employment by Wed,
26 Nov so please see that e-mail.

The security situation is getting worse.  Civilians are clearly being
targeted more and more so I believe it is time to hire local security
guys to travel with us when we leave the green zone.  I’ve tried to
contact Jesse Johnson and will try again tomorrow (Mon).  Dan Bowen is
traveling to Kuwait City tomorrow so I may ask him to try to track Jesse
down to help me arrange something.  I will get my requirements for the
security guys written down by tomorrow.  As you know, we need a
professional security manager to help manage our security issues ASAP so
I hope you find someone soon.  I’m sad to report that even the green
zone is becoming less and less safe with the mortar and rocket attacks.
Because of the mortar/rocket attacks we have everyone living under a
concrete roof to provide protection.  A DHL plane was hit by a SAM-7 so
Royal Jordanian has suspended their flights.  The rumor is that they
(Royal Jordanian) will start again in December (after Eid) but based on
the way they fly in here (normal approach with no counter measures), I
don’t know how safe it is to fly on that plane.  Again, a professional
security guy will help Tim, Dave, and me make these kind of decisions.

Chris Timmer is in Kuwait waiting on the MDD which were due in today
(Sun).  No word yet on their status.  The MDD were originally supposed
to be here on Wed or Thur of last week so I hope there is no more delay.

When talking to Dick about the positions we will fill after 1 Jan,
please make sure we negotiate periodic R & R breaks as the stress level
here and the inability to go anywhere but work and home is too much over
long periods of time.  Please simply plant the seed with Dick as Tim and
I are discussing options and I want to talk to Dave McCracken before I
pass on our recommendations.

Thanks, Pete

Saturday, November 22, 2003 6:26 AM

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the DHL plane coming into Baghdad was hit
today by a SAM 7.  This definately affects the way we bring folks in and
out of Iraq.  We need to talk about this so give it some thought and we
will get together later.

I think we need to consider hiring armed security guys to travel with
the RONCO expats (either in a separate vehicle or in the same vehicle).
I’m not talking about ex-special forces guys but rather, armed locals.
Dan Bowen has two Iraqi’s armed with AK-47’s who travel with him
everywhere he goes.  It becomes another badge problem but lets think
about it.  I’m thinking that we have them live in one of the rooms at
your place (outside of the main house) so they can guard it at night and
travel with you guys during the day.  We may need to do the same for all
of the RONCO expats in the country.  Again, I’m thinking out loud but it
gives you something to think about before we meet.  Please feel free to
talk to your folks before we get together.

Thanks, Pete

Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 10:27 AM

Another civilian convoy attacked yesterday.  The number of
attacks against Coalition Hard Targets (i.e. military or
similar) is decreasing. While the number of attacks against
soft targets is increasing significantly.  One contractor
convoy (two vehicles) was attacked from the rear by an
insurgent piuck-up truck causing the rear convoy vehicle to
turn off the road and flip over.  The attackers then got out
of the truck and were going to finish off the contractors
before the other (lead) vehicle turned around and engaged
the insurgents causing them to flee.  The contractors
believe that without the other truck returning to the scene,
the persons in the truck which flipped over would have been
killed assignation style.

There is a threat of ambushes/ attacks against civilian
coalition vehicles on the Abuyb Garayah Expressway in
Baghdad (I have no idea if that is spelled correctly or
where it is).


David Foldy

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