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Afghanistan, Iraq / Military / Private Contractors #954787

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 11, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) Reports of the expanding use of contractors in the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan examined; photos shown of two contractors who died in Afghanistan in 2003; details given of the expanded use of Blackwater contractors in paramilitary raids & about a secret 2006 mission using Blackwater operatives. [George Washington University law school professor Jonathan TURLEY†- says the CIA does not have authority to use privately employed soldiers in combat; states they are mercenaries.] [Center for Advanced Defense Studies Lt. Col. Tony SHAFFER†- says they conducted combat operations.]

Gibson, Charles;
Ross, Brian

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