Gates: Security Contractors Conflict With US Mission in Iraq

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The behavior of private security contractors in Iraq is in direct conflict with the goals of the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday in an unusually frank critique, adding that the guards' mistreatment of Iraqis is hindering Pentagon efforts at winning hearts and minds.The larger mission includes persuading 'more and more Iraqis to see the coalition forces as their friends and their allies,' he said.

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