Report of the Inquiry into the Role and Oversight of Private Security Contracto…

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The Inquiry into the Role and Oversight of Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan, which reported in September 2010, was precipitated by events in August 2008, when US forces bombed the Afghan village of Azizabad. This gave rise to a public dispute between the US Government and the United Nations about the level of fatalities caused by the attack and about whether those killed had been civilians or Taliban-linked insurgents. Allegations soon emerged that the attack had been based on false information deliberately fed to the US military by Afghan employees of ArmorGroup, a private security contractor, and that these employees were engaged in murder and anti-coalition activities. A key local contact of ArmorGroup, who they dubbed "Mr Pink", was subsequently convicted of espionage and sentenced to death, but was later freed. (6 hr 4 min)


Executive Summary 29:00 Read by Issa Deas
Conclusions 10:52 Read by John Dennison
Introduction 12:30 Read by John Dennison
Background, 8/21/08, Contractor Personnel 19:01 Read by John Dennison
ArmorGroup Hires, Ambush on Mr White, IED Kills Local Guard 14:30 Read by John Dennison
Pink Murders, Killing Has Impact, Fallout 12:07 Read by John Dennison
ArmorGroup meets, Feud Continues, Pink is Now 15:10 Read by Katie Riley
ArmorGroup Mine Action, AGMA Identifies 16:25 Read by Katie Riley
Weapons Confiscated, Lead Up, The Azizabad Raid 11:56 Read by Katie Riley
Reaction, Reports Claim, AGMA Finds 14:33 Read by Katie Riley
White III's Men Observed, Improvised Explosive Devices, ArmorGroup and ArmorGro… 11:52 Read by Katie Riley
EODT Relies on Local Strongmen to Staff U.S. Contract 22:40 Read by MaryAnn
Wahab, Haji Dawoud 19:11 Read by nbargo
Commander Blue, US Military Oversight 17:12 Read by David Lawrence
The Need For Government Oversight, Government Oversight 15:47 Read by Katie Riley
Rules Governing Armed Private Security Contractors 4:48 Read by James Christopher
Arming Authority 18:19 Read by junctionalrhythm
Training 26:13 Read by Katie Riley
Performance 24:56 Read by Katie Riley
Private Security Personnel and Military Functions, Accuracy, Reliability, and C… 13:04 Read by Guero
Private Security Contracting and Long-Term Stability 25:42 Read by junctionalrhythm
Task Force Established, Committee Action, Additional Views 8:48 Read by adirondack