October 3rd, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Afghanistan bans 8 private security firms

Afghanistan has banned eight private security firms, including the company formerly known as Blackwater, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai told reporters Sunday.
Among the companies whose operations are being dissolved are Xe (formerly known as Blackwater), NCL, FHI, White Eagles and other small companies, spokesman Waheed Omer said. Both international and domestic companies were affected.

Weapons and ammunition belonging to these companies has been seized, he said.

Xe has several operations in Afghanistan, some of which will not be immediately affected by the decision. While Xe's transportation and highway security operations have stopped, it will continue to offer security for embassies.
"Until we have Afghan security forces up and running, private security companies will continue to operate and serve in training and protection of foreign embassies," Omer said.

Of the eight companies named during the press conference, some have already disbanded, while others are in the process of doing so, Omer said.

Before Sunday's announcement, there were 52 registered private security companies in Afghanistan, half of them international, according to the interior ministry. Now there are 44 private security companies operating in the country.

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  1. Well Done Pres. Karzai!

    About time to oust those gun toting, gunslinging, shoot'em up private security firms aka hired merciless, mercernaries who duck hunted innocent citizens and bled everybody's budget...

    October 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Karzai, same as YOU and Many others, are nor finding out what happens ot people who play all sides.
      YOU Speak Pastoon or Punjabi? Mexica? chinnese?

      October 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      "we" 'we " 'we" ie: " Some one else ". Some Man.

      Mehdi General Dr Bad

      NOw, Per Chance Have any of you seen Four Star General Deborah Christine D'Angelo From New Jersey?

      and how many more of you do I need to kill before YOU Care?


      October 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      October 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Maybe we could hire them to guard our domestic water supplies. It's a no-brainer how easy it would be for "the terrorosts" to poison them.

    October 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spike punch Phil !

      Is that supposed to be a subliminal notion to the enemy...who side are you on? 2nd time you solicited this request.

      October 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    I wish Karzai were dead. He fixes elections. He is a greedy two faced SOB. Responsive for the deaths and injuries to numerous American soldiers because of his failure to choose sides. How's that? He did not build an Army because they would have to fight the Taliban.
    Now he is kicking out security firms. But what is totally unacceptable behavior is the fact he is taking all their weapons. Why?
    Because the Taliban can use them. The Afghani Army doesn't need weapons. The only group involved in the fight who need weapons are the Taliban.
    Karzai needs a shot to head and one to the heart. After he is tortured (real torture, the Mao type) for hours and hours so he tells us everything he has done to cause our defeat.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Don

    Security personnel are only there to protect property, people, and information from getting into the wrong hands. Those same personnel shouldn't be killing innocent people while performing those tasks. I thought that it would be a matter of time before those violating companies would be shown the door.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Truth

    I say let them leave now, to hell with 4 months. Let the sand box become a big diamond.People in the middle east get exactly what they ask for.They are all to frightened of their own shadow to protect themselves.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Karzai is an American citizen and a puppet. Don't get your hopes up folks. Paid miltia lives on. Just ask Colin Powel who runs "Combat Services Ltd." specializing in the recruitment of foreign trained soldiers to fight for US. (even though this is illegal under international law)

    October 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Mr. Powels political days were numbered when, speaking to the UN trying to convinCe the world that invading Iraq was good, used gulf war syndrome soldiers from gulf war 1 were experiencing as proof Saddam had WMD's.. This made him the highest ranking gov. official ever to admit this syndrome in public. (to this day the US gov. denies gulf war syndrome) Interstingly, firemen responding to the 9/11 Pentagon attack have the same symptoms as soldiers exposed to depleted uranium aka gulf war syndrome.

    October 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    As far as "phil keep it real on all fronts" question about Cheney/Haliburton is concerned: Congress appropriated 87.5 billion dollars, at first, for the rebuilding of Iraq. Haliburton recieving the lion's share. Iraq still isn't rebuilt, but Haliburton has refurbished Caspian Basin oilwells. And since Afghanistan was subdued, this oil has been flowing to China via US pipelines in Afghanistan. Though tax dollars finance this entire operation, neither tax-payers nor Afghanis share in the profits. So now YOU investigate and find out whom has been profiting.

    October 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      just a wild guess phill,,hmm,,, uh,, Oil?

      October 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Still not keeping it real!

      That Cheney deal financed alot of activities including private sercurity firms....yet the question you, Phil, pose "Is this is illegal under international law" never was answered, but you singled out Powell. Maybe you should have asked is it legal under American statues and why has Haliburton and its investors was never made to return those allocated tax-dollars for failing to
      performed? Why our atty general and OIG are silent regarding
      this waste?

      October 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      I Gueess YOU all Missed obamas state of the union where he salyted bush.
      seems when he started getting his as kicked he ran back to bush.
      i guess you missed where he said busha nd rove are still running your wars.
      funny how blatantly stupid you people are some times.
      excpt for all these Dead Babies.

      October 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Who Wants To Hire a Translator?

    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    NOw, Per Chance Have any of you seen Four Star General Deborah Christine D'Angelo From New Jersey?

    and how many more of you do I need to kill before YOU Care?


    October 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    October 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad


    October 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    All any of You care about is Money. And Yours is Worthless. Your Broke and IN debt.
    Seems if it were me. It Would Be cost efective to pay me what you owe me. And Tell The Truth.
    americans chose every day to let these murderering lying war criminals go on and on robbing them.

    October 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Now Where is My M.I.A. Army Nurse ?

    October 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    Still not keeping in real? I didn't pose the question, I made the statement: "It (what combat svcs. ltd.) does is in fact illegal under international law. Several nations have complained( about their offering their soldiers huge contracts if they fight as contractors) to the UN. USA law holds no water overseas, so it is irrelevant. And I didn,t single out anyone. If you follow my posts it's clear that I don't fall for that old (D) vs. (R) crap crooked politicians have used for thousands of years. Do you?

    October 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigh!

      I do fall and what could the UN do to USA? So, international law was your moot point. USA is accountable to it's citizens hence our statues and our laws. So what if countries complain, in the public eyes it falls on death ears for the glove-slapping details are always worked out behind close doors. Review your post you did single out. Here is where difference ends: who is crooked: rep or dem? All should be held accountable regardless of their partisan-affliations.

      October 4, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    If a country like the USA thumbs it's nose at intrnational law, before long her citizens will be afraid to travel to other countries. They might even change the way they dress when travelling abroad in a childish attempt to disguise themselves. As far as "who is crooked rep. or dem." leaders go....both are. Because in reality they are one in the same, and only put on this laughable (D) vs. (R) show to keep their supporters divided. Afraid if the people unite, they themselves might be exposed and removed.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    before long " her " citizens will be afraid to travel to other countries


    October 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |