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U.S. officials reach oversight accord

WASHINGTON – Pentagon and State Department officials have reached a general understanding that U.S. military commanders in Baghdad should have more oversight of the government’s private security contractors in Iraq and greater control over their movement, an official said Tuesday.

The military also wants to have a better understanding about how the private guards are trained and assurance that they are all following the same rules for the use of deadly force, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

Morrell said this does not mean the Pentagon would have full control over all private security or their contracts. He stressed that details are still being worked out and that the Pentagon’s key priority is to have better coordination of the movement of security contractors on the battlefield.

Associated Press


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