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Uncertain Future for Contractors in Iraq

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Uncertain Future for Contractors in Iraq

Uncertain Future for Contractors in Iraq

Uncertain Future for Contractors in Iraq

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There are an estimated 6,000 western private security contractors in Iraq. Often times, the line between defense and offense can blur as contractors are drawn into heavy firefights with insurgents. There's no real authority structure to control these contractors, and some U.S. lawmakers worry that it's setting a dangerous precedent in a war zone. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.

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