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Report of the Inquiry into the Role and Oversight of Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan

United States Senate Committee on Armed Services

1. 01 - Executive Summary
2. 02 - Conclusions
3. 03 - Introduction
4. 04 - Background, 8/21/08, Contractor Personnel
5. 05 - ArmorGroup Hires, Ambush on Mr White, IED Kills Local Guard
6. 06 - Pink Murders, Killing Has Impact, Fallout
7. 07 - ArmorGroup meets, Feud Continues, Pink is Now
8. 08 - ArmorGroup Mine Action, AGMA Identifies
9. 09 - Weapons Confiscated, Lead Up, The Azizabad Raid
10. 10 - Reaction, Reports Claim, AGMA Finds
11. 11 - White III's Men Observed, Improvised Explosive Devices, ArmorGroup and ArmorGroup Mine Action Wind Down
12. 12 - EODT Relies on Local Strongmen to Staff U.S. Contract
13. 13 - Wahab, Haji Dawoud
14. 14 - Commander Blue, US Military Oversight
15. 15 - The Need For Government Oversight, Government Oversight
16. 16 - Rules Governing Armed Private Security Contractors
17. 17 - Arming Authority
18. 18 - Training
19. 19 - Performance
20. 20 - Private Security Personnel and Military Functions, Accuracy, Reliability, and Completeness, DOD Database
21. 21 - Private Security Contracting and Long-Term Stability
22. 22 - Task Force Established, Committee Action, Additional Views

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The Inquiry into the Role and Oversight of Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan, which reported in September 2010, was precipitated by events in August 2008, when US forces bombed the Afghan village of Azizabad. This gave rise to a public dispute between the US Government and the United Nations about the level of fatalities caused by the attack and about whether those killed had been civilians or Taliban-linked insurgents. Allegations soon emerged that the attack had been based on false information deliberately fed to the US military by Afghan employees of ArmorGroup, a private security contractor, and that these employees were engaged in murder and anti-coalition activities. A key local contact of ArmorGroup, who they dubbed "Mr Pink", was subsequently convicted of espionage and sentenced to death, but was later freed.According to the committee's chair, Carl Levin, the investigation "uncovered a significant amount of evidence that a number of security contractors working under Department of Defense contracts and subcontracts funneled US taxpayer dollars to Afghan warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping and bribery, as well as to Taliban and anti-coalition activities".