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Old 12-07-2006, 04:02 AM
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (UPI) -- A U.S. military census finds that private government contractors in Iraq now employ about 100,000 people.

That means the number of contractors is coming close to the number of U.S. soldiers, The Washington Post reported. The figure includes U.S. and Iraqi nationals and citizens of other countries but does not include the employees of subcontractors.

'This is the first time we have initiated a census of this robustness,' Lt. Col. Julie Wittkoff told the Post.

The military`s previous top estimate was 25,000 contractors. During the Gulf War in 1991, the military employed fewer than 10,000 contractors.

More than 600 contractors have been killed.

The contractors fill a variety of jobs, from food service to interrogating prisoners. About 700 of DynCorp International`s 1,500 employees in the country are involved in training Iraqi police officers, while most of Blackwater USA`s 1,000 contractors are involved in security, the newspaper said.

Kellogg, Brown and Root, one of the largest and most controversial contractors, employs 50,000 people and subcontractors in Iraq.
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