Karzai to close private security firms

Published: Wednesday, 08/18/2010 12:00 am EDT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said all private security companies in his country will be forced out of business within four months, the Globe and Mail reported. There are tens of thousands of such companies in Afghanistan, ranging from warlord-led militias to former special forces operatives. Mr. Karzai has often accused private security companies of incompetence, killings and widespread corruption. According to reports, the British-based firm Saladin provides Canada’s Embassy in Kabul with security and a heavily-armed rapid-reaction force, although Canadian official say personal protection for diplomats and visiting politicians is provided by Canadian special-forces soldiers.

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