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I have previously had the impression that the numbers reflect two different things:

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.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 09:49:25 AM EST
That was my guess as well. As far as contractors go, I seem to remember that there is a Canadian company or two supplying the tools of the trade in Iraq.

Ok - this looks like a list of Canadian Contractors that are supplying the Iraq war:

A

Active Gear Company Canada Ltd:
Advanced Composite Structures
Aircraft Appliances and Equipment
Alliedsignal Aerospace Canada
Array Systems Computing Inc.
ATI Technologies
Atlantis Systems International
AWSM Enterprises

B

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

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Tue Jun 5th, 2007 at 05:56:05 PM EST
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Right now I only remember one Canadian, GardWorld, from recent news and it is not on the list, so it is hard to tell which ones are really in Iraq and under what military or commercial machinations they operate.  My guess is that there are not that many because the majors would lose control on the ground having too many independents to supervise.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Wed Jun 6th, 2007 at 08:27:08 AM EST
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I cannot begin to imagine the reality of Iraqis:  

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?

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Wed Jun 6th, 2007 at 08:18:04 AM EST
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