Defense News

Saturday, October 13, 2007

State Dept downplays report of security contractor drawdown

The State Dept is playing down a report that it is considering phasing out its use of security guards in Iraq and canceling its contract with Blackwater USA.

The AP reported Wed that a drawdown of security contractors is an option being considered by a commission that began operating in Baghdad last month.

A State Dept spokeswoman noted that the commission has just begun its work -- only two of the panel's four members have arrived in Iraq -- and it is too early in the process to discuss possible outcomes...Full Article.

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