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Prime U.S. Contractors Wary About Iraq Transition

Some prime U.S. contractors in Iraq are wary of the U.S. handover on June 30 and say there are still too many unanswered questions, from the status of private security guards to import tariffs. While their contractual obligations remain with the U.S. government, which funds their work, some big companies doing work in Iraq voiced apprehension over elements of the handover to an interim Iraqi government. Speaking on the sidelines of an Iraq rebuilding conference that ended late Thursday in Las Vegas, Perini procurement specialist John Chisholm said his main concern was the legal status of staff if there were any problems, and in particular private security workers who protect them. “For example, what is their (security guards’) relationship with the Iraqi police? Do they have to register with anyone? That has not been answered yet,” said Chisholm from the Massachusetts-based company. Full Story

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