Speaking to the Commission on Wartime Contracting, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy (pictured) said that the State Department intends to spend approximately $3 billion hiring 5,100 private security contractors to serve in Iraq.
The State Department has repeatedly discussed the creation of this force for after the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq, which is supposed to happen in December, although it is expected that troops may asked to remain in Iraq for longer.
The new mercenary force, which has been called a State Department "private army," would take their place, potentially for years.
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