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Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru

By Steve Fainaru

There are tens of hundreds of thousands of them in Iraq. They paintings for corporations with unique and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent safety staff, Triple cover, and Blackwater around the world. They trip in convoys of multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed laptop weapons, frag grenades, or even shoulder-fired missiles. They safeguard every little thing from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments of Frappuccino sure for Baghdad's eco-friendly region. They kill Iraqis, and Iraqis kill them. And the one legislation they realize is gigantic Boy Rules.

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing trip into Iraq's parallel struggle. half Mad Max, half Fight Club, it's a international packed with "private safety contractors"—the U.S. government's sanitized identify for tens of hundreds of thousands of recent mercenaries, or mercs, who roam Iraq with impunity, doing jobs that the overstretched and understaffed army can't or won't do. they're males like Jon Coté, a delicate former U.S. military paratrooper and college of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too past due that he made a poor mistake coming again to Iraq. And Paul Reuben, a pleasant defense corporation medic who has no formal scientific education and lacks uncomplicated provides, like tourniquets.

They are a part of America's "other" army—some patriotic, a few determined, a few simply out for money or experience. and a few who disappear into the void that's Iraq and are by no means noticeable back. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with a bunch of personal safety contractors to determine what motivates them to place their lives at risk on a daily basis. He joined Jon Coté and the boys of Crescent protection team as they made their method via Iraq—armed to tooth, dodging not just bombs and insurgents but additionally their very own Iraqi colleagues. simply days after Fainaru left to move domestic, 5 males of Crescent defense crew have been abducted in vast sunlight on Iraq's major street. How the govt and the corporate replied unearths the darkish truths at the back of the most important deepest strength within the historical past of yank warfare...with sixteen pages of pictures.

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