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U.S. Hired Mercenaries as Bodyguards in Iraq

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U.S. Hired Mercenaries as Bodyguards in Iraq

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U.S. Hired Mercenaries as Bodyguards in Iraq

U.S. Hired Mercenaries as Bodyguards in Iraq

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Shortly after the fall of Baghdad, the U.S. government hired South-African mercenaries as bodyguards and police trainers. The contract later proved embarrassing when two of the former bodyguards were arrested in Zimbabwe on charges of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea.