By Steve Fainaru
There are tens of millions of them in Iraq. They paintings for firms with unique and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent protection crew, Triple cover, and Blackwater around the globe. They commute in convoys of multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed laptop weapons, frag grenades, or even shoulder-fired missiles. They defend every thing from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments of Frappuccino certain for Baghdad's eco-friendly quarter. They kill Iraqis, and Iraqis kill them. And the one legislation they realize is gigantic Boy Rules.
From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing trip into Iraq's parallel conflict. half Mad Max, half Fight Club, it's a international full of "private safeguard contractors"—the U.S. government's sanitized identify for tens of hundreds of thousands of contemporary 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 collage of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too overdue that he made a bad mistake coming again to Iraq. And Paul Reuben, a pleasant safety corporation medic who has no formal clinical education and lacks simple 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 safeguard contractors to determine what motivates them to place their lives at risk each day. He joined Jon Coté and the boys of Crescent safeguard workforce as they made their approach via Iraq—armed to enamel, dodging not just bombs and insurgents but in addition their very own Iraqi colleagues. simply days after Fainaru left to move domestic, 5 males of Crescent safety crew have been abducted in vast sunlight on Iraq's major street. How the govt. and the corporate spoke back finds the darkish truths in the back of the most important deepest strength within the background of yankee warfare...with sixteen pages of pictures.
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