Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mercs in Iraq Taking Bigger Hits: DILLIGAF?*

Back in 'o4, four Blackwater mercenaries got caught by insurgents in Fallujah, becoming both the symbols of hitherto concealed mercenary participation in Iraq and an immediate 'casus belli' for the subsequent, ferocious US Marine assault on the city which effectively destroyed it.
Things are heating up again in Iraq for mercenaries there (via MSNBC):

Iraq contractors face mounting losses
As security work and attacks increase, so do casualties

BAGHDAD - Private security companies, funded by billions of dollars in U.S. military and State Department contracts, are fighting insurgents on a widening scale in Iraq, enduring daily attacks, returning fire and taking hundreds of casualties that have been underreported and sometimes concealed, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and company representatives.

While the military has built up troops in an ongoing campaign to secure Baghdad, the security companies, out of public view, have been engaged in a parallel surge, boosting manpower, adding expensive armor and stepping up evasive action as attacks increase, the officials and company representatives said. One in seven supply convoys protected by private forces has come under attack this year, according to previously unreleased statistics; one security company reported nearly 300 "hostile actions" in the first four months.

The majority of the more than 100 security companies operate outside of Iraqi law, in part because of bureaucratic delays and corruption in the Iraqi government licensing process, according to U.S. officials. Blackwater USA, a prominent North Carolina firm that protects U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, and several other companies have not applied, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. Blackwater said that it obtained a one-year license in 2005 but that shifting Iraqi government policy has impeded its attempts to renew.

Excuse me? What do you call it when folks commit murder and mayhem outside the law?

(*DILLIGAF = Do I Look Like I Give A Fuck?)


oldwhitelady said...

I'm glad you gave an explanation of what DILLIGAF meant. I was wondering....

Anonymous said...

And the contractor is countersuing the families of the mercs killed in Fallujah--to cost them ever more money to pursue their claims, to force them out of court.

It's what Big Businesses do.