October 27th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Afghan government to start phasing out contractors

The Afghan government will start planning  how it will phase out of private security contractors without endangering development projects, it said Wednesday.   The move is seen as a bow to international pressure to delay implementation of a ban on contractors that was scheduled to take effect by the end of the year.  The United States had previously expressed concern about the ban, saying that if implemented the move would leave critical aid personnel unprotected and unable to continue their work.  FULL STORY

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  1. Honyak

    Another thought;
    (I lost my post) Now that Karzai has eliminated all other contracted security companies....
    Security for forign NGO's & other non-Afghan companies must be conducted by Afghan Govt sanctioned organizations. Well, we all know that the ANA & ANP cannot even secure major population centers; let alone outside organizations. ISAF, & the US Army is to busy chasing the Taliban around the rock-pile to provide security. So who does that leave?
    I dunno, but I do know that Karzai's brother owns & operates an Afghan Govt. sanctioned Private Security Company..... Imadgine That.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Honyak

    Do you folks realize that Karzai is not talking about Western Contractors per sey, ( Xe, Dyncorp, etc.) but the Afghan sub-contracted Private Security Companies that employ the heroin addicted, hashish smoking thugs with guns that do the actual dirty work of shooting up civilians and anything else in their way over there? The Ex-Militia hoodlums who now guard the same convoys they used to attack when they worked for a lower-paying Militia Warlord or Taliban Commander. Gotta sub-contract that work out these days to get those tankers out of Pakistan, thanks to the ISI. Funny how the contracted money flows, eh?

    October 28, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gary Johndro

    How are these security firms going to make their mint if they get kicked out of Afghanistan? They'll never get rich that way!

    October 27, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |