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US backs Afghan plan to ditch security contractors

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A U.S. military official says the U.S. military backs an Afghan government plan to dissolve private security companies.

The official also says the military is tightening oversight of its own armed contractors in the interim.

A spokesman for the Afghan president says Hamid Karzai will order all private security companies in the country disbanded within four months. The decree is expected later today.

Karzai has called repeatedly for banning private security companies, saying they undermine government security forces. Contractors perform duties ranging from guarding supply convoys to personal security details for diplomats and businessmen.


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