Monday, February 12, 2007


Taking a page from the language of The Washington Post's William Arkin:

Yahoo News:

LIMA (AFP) - Between 30,000 and 50,000 mercenaries are working in Iraq, making them the second largest military force there after the occupying United States.

The case of Iraq "is a new manifestation of the use of mercenaries that has caughts the US by surprise", Spain's Jose Luis Gomez del Prado -- a member of the UN working group on mercenaries -- said Fridayduring a visit to Peru. The United States has 130,000 soldiers in Iraq, he noted. Britain has 10,000 troops.

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