October 4th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Afghanistan bans 8 private security firms

Afghanistan has banned eight private security firms, including the company formerly known as Blackwater, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai told reporters Sunday.

Among the companies whose operations are being dissolved are Xe (formerly known as Blackwater), NCL, FHI, White Eagles and other small companies, spokesman Waheed Omer said. Both international and domestic companies were affected.

Weapons and ammunition belonging to these companies has been seized, he said.

Xe has several operations in Afghanistan, some of which will not be immediately affected by the decision. While Xe's transportation and highway security operations have stopped, it will continue to offer security for embassies.

"Until we have Afghan security forces up and running, private security companies will continue to operate and serve in training and protection of foreign embassies," Omer said.

Of the eight companies named during the press conference, some have already disbanded, while others are in the process of doing so, Omer said.

Before Sunday's announcement, there were 52 registered private security companies in Afghanistan, half of them international, according to the interior ministry. Now there are 44 private security companies operating in the country.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree last month disbanding all private security firms within four months.

"In order to protect Afghan life and property, avoid corruption, security irregularities and the misuse of military weapons, ammunition and uniforms by the private security companies which have caused tragic incidents, and after the required assessment, I approve shutting down all private security companies within four months, including both domestic and foreign," the decree said.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. USMC Forever

    This is a critical mistake and Karzi will look like the traitor he truly is. This is a president who cares more about getting rid of security than hunting down the Taliban Pigs that kill 10 times more Afgans than anyone. What a friggin stupid camel jockey!

    November 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Former Marine

    Agnostic, have you never been told about arguing with an idiot? They drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience. Case and point here.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dindy Sri lanka

    POT HEADS ARE NOT THAT GREAT KILLERS LIKE MUSLIM 360 . IS THAT WHY YOU ARE SO UPSET ? CURSING EVERY HUMAN BEING ON EARTH. THE TYPE BOARD AND THE SCREEN FRONT OF YOU ALSO MUST BE INVENTED BY A WESTERNER IF YOUR 360 BRAIN DOES NOT KNOW. LET GOD DO HIS JOB AND YOU HELP THE PRISONERS IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pious Agnostic

      You seem frustrated (mentally retarded). Hindu (a religious belief having to do with the worship of cows I believe) doesn't seem all that criminal. May wizards (teachers) cast spells of knowledge (education) upon your naive ways. However I (pasifist) voted against any war (mentally retarded), and don't belive in god (mythology). Now Western thought (or lack of) Isn't as polerized as you may think.

      October 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Torben Schmidt

    Very good to get these lunatics off our hands, and let us soldiers do the job, as we're still bound by laws of humanity. When we succed in interacting with people, you always disrupt, killing off everyone, without mercy

    October 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |