Afghan Security Firms

The Afghan government closed two private security firms and said it plans to close several more over the next several weeks, citing evidence that the firms are contributing to instability.

The announcement comes amid controversy surrounding the operations of the firm Blackwater USA and other private contractors in Iraq.

RFE/RL has a special report from Afghanistan’s turbulent southern Helmand Province examining why the region finds itself in the midst of so much violence.

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