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Iraq's Private Warriors


• Amount allocated for Iraq's police and military: $3.2 billion (Congressional appropriation)
• Amount spent on Iraq's police and military: $194 million (Congressional appropriation)

• Amount paid to Vinnell for training Iraqi army: $48 million
• Amount paid by Vinnell to Iraqi recruits: $70 per month

• Salary of U.S. soldier: $1,100 to $2,500 per month
• Salary of British commando: $3,500 per month
• Salary of Iraqi soldier: $70 per month

• Salary of British ex-commando working for a private military company: up to $20,000 per month
• Salary of Nepali ex-commando working for a private military company: $1,500 per month
• Salary of South African ex-commando working for a private military company: $1,000 per month

• Cost of top of the line service (four armed foreign guards and two armored vehicles): $10,000 per day


“The (salary) decision is not based on the value of his life but on the cost of training and equipping the workforce. Nor would it be right for the US Army to enforce US based salaries where no one else could match it. Life sometimes isn’t fair.”

—Richard Dowling (spokesperson for the US Army Corps of Engineers)
on lower salaries for non-American workers.


• Number of weapons ordered for Iraqi police by June 2004: 253,000
• Number of weapons delivered to Iraqi police by June 2004: 141,000

• Number of vehicles ordered for Iraqi police by June 2004: 25,000
• Number of vehicles delivered to Iraqi police by June 2004: 8,500

• Number of body armor suits ordered for Iraqi police by June 2004: 174,000
• Number of body armor suits delivered to Iraqi police by June 2004: 40,000

• Number of radios ordered for Iraqi police by June 2004: 57,000
• Number of radios delivered to Iraqi police by June 2004: 2,500

Fee charged by Aegis Defence Services for overseeing private military contractors in Iraq: $293 million

• Years of experience of Aegis Defence Services in Iraq: 0

• Years of experience of Aegis Defence Services overseeing private military contractors elsewhere: 0

• Number of financial statements published by Aegis Defence Services: 0

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