While the withdrawal from Iraq has cut down on the number of private security forces being employed by the Pentagon in that country, the use of those contractors in Afghanistan has risen to its highest level, despite concerns that those forces could be impairing U.S. military counterinsurgency efforts, according to a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report. In Afghanistan, as of March 2011, there were 18,971 private security contractor (PSC) personnel working for the Defense ...
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