Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Soldier of Fortune" Bunch in More Trouble

For whatever reason, I've always been a touch uneasy with the concept of "rent-a-soldier." Either they are legitimate military, or they are accidents waiting to happen.

Blackwater seems to have found the accident(s).

From the Captain:

Blackwater Security has returned to its work for the US military and State Department in Iraq after Baghdad threatened to expel them after a deadly shooting.

Although they're back 'on the job,' that might be temporary.

The Captain quotes a report that portends bigger problems:

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.

Evidently a couple of bozos were snatching M-4s and selling them to the PKK, who used them against the Turks. The Turks retrieved the weapons, complete with serial numbers...

It ain't gonna be pretty.

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