The news that the Iraqi Government is finally to review the position of overseas security firms who operate in a free-lance way in their country, can only be welcomed.
The early withdrawal of these private armies of 20,000 overseas mercenaries is essential. In the meantime, Britain and America (in particular) need to ensure that their own sets of private warriors in Iraq are placed under strict controls as was pointed out in this recent evidence by Duncan Bullivant to the Iraq Commission. It is revealing material directly from a security sector operative.
Blackwater Security who are under contract by the US State Department had their licence revoked by the Iraqi Government yesterday following their killing of 8 Iraqi citizens and the wounding of 13 others. Further relevant links are given in this item which I posted yesterday.