In fact, the number of private security contractors in Iraq is about 25,000. The remainder are unarmed civilians who provide food, sanitation, logistics, maintenance, construction and other services. Most of the contractors are not US nationals, and many are Iraqis.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Webb gets facts wrong about contractors
Speaking with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball" on October 2, Senator Jim Webb (D-Virginia) gets his facts wrong on private security contractors in Iraq. He says they outnumber American troops, citing the figure of 180,000 contractors versus 161,000 troops.