Private Military Contractors in Iraq: An Examination of Blackwater's Action in Fallujah

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform conducted an investigation into private military contractors' performance and accountability in Iraq, focusing on a pivotal event where four Blackwater USA security contractors were killed in Fallujah in 2004. Eyewitness accounts and investigative reports revealed that Blackwater ignored warnings, reduced essential personnel, and failed to provide adequate equipment and intelligence to its team. Blackwater's conduct was described as sloppy and unprepared, with employees expressing concerns about the mission's execution. Blackwater's response to the investigation, including delays and attempts to obstruct, further raised questions about the company's accountability.
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