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Relying on private firms

The number of security contractors in Afghanistan employed by the U.S. military has risen sharply as more troops have been deployed. Recent reports put the total closer to 19,000.

Graphic shows how the number of security contractors in Afghanistan employed by the U.S. military has risen sharply.

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Afghans rebuff security contractors
Article | KABUL -- American officials were stunned Monday by a surprise announcement from President Hamid Karzai's spokesman calling for the dissolution within four months of the private security companies that foreign armies and aid organizations in Afghanistan rely on to do their daily work.

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