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American Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 30, 2010

The crew over at American Contractors asked us to let you know that their website has been compromised and that they are working on getting all pages up and running ASAP.

You may access the website by using either of the following links

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Fatal Crash Stokes Afghan-U.S. Tension in Kabul

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 30, 2010

US embassy vehicles torched in Afghan capital

KABUL — Rioting erupted in Kabul Friday when two US embassy vehicles were set ablaze after one collided with a civilian car, killing a number of occupants, officials and witnesses said.

Auto Accident Involving American Contractors Leaves 4 Locals Dead; Mob Hurls Stones, Sets Fire to Vehicles

(CBS/AP) A fatal traffic accident involving private U.S. security contractors sparked an angry demonstration in Kabul Friday, with enraged Afghans hurling stones, setting fire to two vehicles and shouting “death to America” before police fired guns into the air to disperse the crowd.

Four Afghans were killed in the accident on the main airport road, according to Kabul’s criminal investigations chief, Abdul Ghaafar Sayedzada.

U.S. embassy spokesperson Caitlin Hayden confirmed to CBS News that the SUV involved was carrying four contractors from DynCorp, a private firm affiliated with the embassy. Afghan police officials said the Americans were traveling in a two-vehicle convoy.

There were conflicting accounts of the accident and its aftermath. Local witnesses told CBS News that the Americans were driving the wrong way down the road, though DynCorp denies that version of events.

Witnesses also said only three locals were killed in the crash, with the fourth dying after the U.S. contractors opened fire into the crowd.  Read the full story here

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High Profile Suicide in Iraq: Deeply Disturbed by Abuses Carried Out by American Contractors in Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 28, 2010

Greg Mitchell at Huffington Post

The scourge of suicides among American troops and reservists (which I’ve covered since 2003) remains a serious and seriously under-reported problem. One of the most high-profile cases involves a much-admired Army colonel and ethicist named Ted Westhusing — who, in his 2005 suicide note, pointed a finger at rising U.S. general named David Petraeus.

Westhusing’s widow, asked by a friend what killed this West Point scholar, had replied simply: “Iraq.”

Before putting a bullet through his head, Westhusing had been deeply disturbed by abuses carried out by American contractors in Iraq, including allegations that they had witnessed or even participated in the murder of Iraqis. His suicide note included claims that his two commanders tolerated a mission based on “corruption, human rights abuses and liars. I am sullied — no more. I didn’t volunteer to support corrupt, money grubbing contractors, nor work for commanders only interested in themselves.” One of those commanders: the future leader of American forces in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus.

Westhusing, 44, had been found dead in a trailer at a military base near the Baghdad airport in June 2005, a single gunshot wound to the head. At the time, he was the highest-ranking officer to die in Iraq. The Army concluded that he committed suicide with his service pistol and found his charges against the commanders unfounded. Petraeus would later attend Westhusing’s memorial service back in the U.S.

Ted Westhusing was an unusual case: “one of the Army’s leading scholars of military ethics, a full professor at West Point who volunteered to serve in Iraq to be able to better teach his students. He had a doctorate in philosophy; his dissertation was an extended meditation on the meaning of honor,” as Christian Miller explained in a major Los Angeles Times piece.

Please read the full article here

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