The Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that since 2003, Congress has appropriated at least $106 billion for Pentagon contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that private contractors currently make up about 57 percent of the Pentagon’s total force in Afghanistan, and 48 percent in Iraq. Of the 68,197 contractors in Afghanistan, 76 percent are Afghans, the August report notes, and they provide a variety of services, from cooking to security. (See charts pp. 6-8.) All figures ...


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