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Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is set to issue an ultimatum to thousands of private security contractors demanding that they cease all operations within four months.
Karzai accuses the contractors of undermining his nation's army and police force. The president estimates that about 30 to 40-thousand people are currently in the country working for security companies. Afghan authorities have especially complained about the security firms, alleging they are trigger-happy and sometimes fire at civilians without provocation.
NATO relies heavily on private security companies to guard convoys and installations across the country. Such operators have become a point of contention between the Afghan government and US and NATO coalition forces, with complaints that they are poorly regulated, reckless and effectively operate outside local law.