By Steve Fainaru
There are tens of hundreds of thousands of them in Iraq. They paintings for firms with unique and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent protection staff, Triple cover, and Blackwater all over the world. They go back and forth in convoys of multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed laptop weapons, frag grenades, or even shoulder-fired missiles. They shield every thing from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments of Frappuccino sure for Baghdad's eco-friendly region. They kill Iraqis, and Iraqis kill them. And the one legislations they realize is gigantic Boy Rules.
From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing trip into Iraq's parallel warfare. half Mad Max, half Fight Club, it's a international packed with "private defense contractors"—the U.S. government's sanitized identify for tens of millions of recent mercenaries, or mercs, who roam Iraq with impunity, doing jobs that the overstretched and understaffed army can't or won't do. they're males like Jon Coté, a delicate former U.S. military paratrooper and college of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too past due that he made a negative mistake coming again to Iraq. And Paul Reuben, a pleasant safety corporation medic who has no formal clinical education and lacks easy offers, like tourniquets.
They are a part of America's "other" army—some patriotic, a few determined, a few simply out for funds or event. and a few who disappear into the void that's Iraq and are by no means visible back. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with a gaggle of non-public defense contractors to determine what motivates them to place their lives at risk each day. He joined Jon Coté and the boys of Crescent defense team as they made their approach via Iraq—armed to tooth, dodging not just bombs and insurgents but in addition their very own Iraqi colleagues. simply days after Fainaru left to head domestic, 5 males of Crescent defense team have been abducted in wide sunlight on Iraq's major road. How the govt. and the corporate spoke back unearths the darkish truths at the back of the most important deepest strength within the historical past of yank warfare...with sixteen pages of photos.
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