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      jbnw
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      Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/20/rockets-hit-iraq-military-base-hosting-nato-troops

      At least four rockets struck an airbase in Balad, north of Baghdad, on Saturday, the Iraqi military said in a statement. Other officials said one person was wounded at the base where a US defense company services combat aircraft.

      The attack came days after more than a dozen rockets targeted coalition forces outside Erbil international airport, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. That attack killed one coalition contractor and wounded nine. Iraqi and Kurdish residents were also severely injured.

      On Saturday, four security officials said the individual wounded at the airbase in Salahaddin province worked for the US company, and one said his nationality was South African. Other reports said the contractor was Iraqi. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with regulations.

      They said the US defense company Sallyport has its headquarters within the airbase, and has 46 personnel contracted to provide base services to support Iraq’s F-16 program.

      Let’s see how Biden responds. From his campaign rhetoric at https://joebiden.com/americanleadership/ :

      End Forever Wars: Biden will end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have cost us untold blood and treasure.

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      Black LeBaron
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      The “contractor” company was Sallyport.  Here’s a good article about these people: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sallyport-global-contractor-alcohol-theft-sex-trafficking-iraq-balad-ap/

      From that article, “Sallyport employees were involved in human trafficking for prostitution. Staff on base routinely flew smuggled alcohol onto the base in such high volumes that a plane once seesawed on the tarmac under the weight. Rogue militia stole enormous generators using flatbed trucks and a 60-foot crane, driving right past Sallyport security guards.”

       

       

       

       

       

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        jbnw
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        Or perhaps that should be goes away . . .

        An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking — then terminated investigators who uncovered wrongdoing, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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        ie mercenaries? If they were involved in prostitution rings or something else nefarious, there may be motives other than purely political or ideological ones.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      sadoldgirl
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      Corrupt occupiers will always be resented and attacked.

      And rightfully so.

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      beemerphill
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      The US using “contractors” instead of soldiers was a losing idea from the get-go. The “contractors” are almost all ex-military who have been trained by our military and are making more money now working for private firms. Why not just use our troops for these kind of jobs if they need doing? The main reason is so that our government can claim that we are pulling troops out. These “contractors” cost much more and are not subject to the same rules and discipline that real military personnel are.  Using them feeds the MIC and provides some cover for our politicians when things blow up.

      beemerphill

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        Mercenaries are always expensive, never reliable, and look out for their own interests before anyone else’s, including the government that pays them. You probably also know most veterans who go into that sort of thing are, at best, assholes who don’t care how they make their money, so long as there is enough of it for them to live high on the hog.

        They also tend to piss the locals off. A lot.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      beemerphill
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      “most veterans who go into that sort of thing are, at best, assholes who don’t care how they make their money, so long as there is enough of it for them to live high on the hog”

      If they were any good they would have honorably served their 20 and retired. It is hard to respect anyone who kills for money. The companies that hire them don’t care if the Rules of Engagement are followed or if the host country’s (or our country”s) laws are being respected. They are all in it for nothing but the money. If something happens to them they should be on their own. Let their mercenary corporations take care of them.

      beemerphill

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