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140,000 is the rough number of civilian contractors in Iraq, engaged in all sorts of activities, from catering through infrastructure to communications, etc.
40,000 is roughly the number who are there as gun-toting backup to the Army, who participate in fighting and the training of Iraqi security forces.
But I can't find the article I got that impression from, so maybe I just constructed that idea in the back of my mind. I'll google around a bit and see if anything pops up.
Ok - this looks like a list of Canadian Contractors that are supplying the Iraq war:
Active Gear Company Canada Ltd:
Advanced Composite Structures
Aircraft Appliances and Equipment
Alliedsignal Aerospace Canada
Array Systems Computing Inc.
Atlantis Systems International
You get the picture. There are 92 of them. Here's the chart http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/52/52-50-51.pdf
Bring them home. Charge them with war crimes.
aspiring to genteel poverty
A foreign army has occupied and destroyed my country, killing people in their way and in addition they bring in the same amount of lawless mercenaries to do their bidding, while millions escape or live in terror. What would I do if it were my country?
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