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Last updated: 20 November, 2007 - Published 15:20 GMT
 
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Editor's choice - Blackwater bids for a new US contract
 
Blackwater personnel operating in Baghdad
Blackwater personnel operating in Baghdad
The private military contractor Blackwater is bidding for another big US government contract, to help fight a narcotics trade that the government says finances terrorist groups.

Blackwater was hired by the US State Department to protect diplomats in Iraq and was mired in controversy after a September shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.

So is the company's reputation too damaged?

Or will it get the job because there are few who can carry out that kind of work?

We spoke to Peter Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who has been researching the private military industry.

First broadcast 15th November

 
 
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