Blackwater, the company in question, rose to worldwide prominence as an
outsourced branch of the American army during the occupation of Iraq and
It had plenty of admirers for the
way it had pioneered a new branch of the defence industry, earning a
total of around $2 billion from Uncle Sam for providing armed personnel
to the Pentagon, the State Department and, secretly, the CIA.
But the firm was overwhelmed by its more numerous critics, who said it was an undisciplined, unaccountable bunch of mercenaries.
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