Security Contractors Are "Essential"

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Admiral Mark Fox's comments came at a press conference in Baghdad Sunday. Private security firms have been in the limelight since Currituck County-based blackwater USA was allegedly involved in the shooting deaths of eleven civilians in Baghdad on September 16. A joint U.S.-Iraqi commission has been set up to establish a common set of facts about the incident.

Fox said Sunday, "The reason the contractors and the protective services are here in their capacity is to prevent us from having to have soldiers or marines standing guard at a lot of different facilities or that sort of thing. So there is a legitimate reason for these contractors to do
their work."

Meanwhile, Newsweek is reporting that Iraqi National Police have compiled a file of evidence, suggesting Blackwater contractors opened fire unprovoked from the ground and sky.

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