The use of mercenaries during relatively recent conflicts in the Middle East has generated its fair share of controversy. Both the direct use of mercenaries as a fighting force and the contracting of military adjacent roles to third party groups has ignited the war privatization debate. A study by Brown University’s Costs of War project documented the waste and misuse of funds for contractors performing war-zone duties. During the Bush administration these types of dealings were labeled a cost-effective way to wage war but as time went on and oversight lacked, expenditure started to balloon. Mercenaries were commonly hired to train Afghan security forces, an effort whose fruits were only realized after the Taliban took Afghanistan in roughly two weeks.
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