2014-12-24T061715Z_1007000001_LYNXMPEABN05F_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-USA-IRAQ-CONTRACTORS

As U.S. troops return to Iraq, more private contractors follow

A Shi'ite fighter walks during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militantsBy Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama’s growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior U.S. official said. How many contractors will deploy to Iraq – beyond the roughly 1,800 now working there for the U.S. State Department – will depend in part, the official said, on how widely dispersed U.S. troops advising Iraqi security forces are, and how far they are from U.S. diplomatic facilities. …

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