National Geographic

By Stacy Rietz


Would you leave friends and family to voluntarily work in a war zone? Is six hundred dollars a day worth risking your life? Apparently it is for 25,000 international security contractors employed in Iraq today. Each and every day these tattooed and muscle bound civilians run a gauntlet of hidden dangers as they carry out critical missions to safeguard the Iraqi reconstruction effort and protect V.I.P.s. But the insurgents don't distinguish between civilian contractors and coalition forces. EXPLORER examines the grim reality of private security contractor in Iraq, where every mission could be their last.

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