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Aegis mercenaries want Iraq security contract

Issue No. 2046

The US Pentagon was to decide this week whether to renew the Iraq security contract held by Aegis since 2004. The contract is worth a potential $475 million.

Aegis has a $293 million Pentagon contract to coordinate the dozens of private security forces operating in Iraq as well as providing its own teams of bodyguards to the Pentagon.

Aegis is run by Tim Spicer, a former British army lieutenant colonel. Two soldiers in a British unit under Spicer’s command shot and killed a Catholic teenager Peter McBride in Northern Ireland in 1992. The soldiers were subsequently convicted of murder.

The McBride family are campaigning for the contract not to go to Aegis.

Lawyers for Jean Mc Bride, Peter’s mother, have confirmed they will shortly be lodging legal papers in a bid to block Aegis from British security contracts.

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Tue 10 Apr 2007, 18:35 BST
Issue No. 2046
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