Private Contractors Die in Iraqi Helicopter Attack

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On Tuesday in Iraq, five Americans working for the private security contractor Blackwater USA died when their helicopter crashed. The contractors were escorting a convoy heading away from the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

Melissa Block talks with Deborah Avant, a professor at George Washington University and author of The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security, about how many contractors are currently working in Iraq and what sort of services they provide.



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