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Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors
October 21st, 2011
04:14 PM ET

Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

With the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year looking more likely, absent an agreement to extend legal immunity, a large contingent of U.S. contractors will still remain facing their own legal and logistical ambiguities and challenges.

The complexity of the situation is not lost on top officials at the State Department who are busy preparing to assume control of every U.S. responsibility in Iraq – including contracting operations.

"The State Department is doing something that quite frankly we have never done before, this is not going to be easy and I think we all understand that," Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides told CNN.

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  1. Gretchen

    Anderson,I can only speak for myself and from some of the opinions that I've heard regarding leaving Iraq.We are happy with this decision.We can not continue to shovel money and lives away in Iraq,I respect what our troops have done and the way our troops trained Iraq's forces,it is time for them to take charge of their own land.I don't agree with everything that President Obama does,,but for a number of years we have been shedding blood and money somebody has to have stopping sense.Also this President does deserve his respect,he did get Bin Laden,also the second and third in command after Bin laden,now Ghadafi is gone at some point this idea that Obama is weak must stop.I'm sure that the family's of the troops that will be coming home will have such great joy.I know I much rather see them walk across to greet their family than to see them in a flag draped coffin.So I give credit where it is due whether political or policy our troops are coming home.

    October 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm |