Blackwater may provide mercenary forces

March 30, 2006 at 10:45 PM

MOYOCK, N.C., March 30 (UPI) -- Blackwater USA, one of the world's major security companies, plans to expand its Moyock, N.C.-based business to provide armies for hire.

Cofer Black, the company's vice chairman, said at an international conference in Jordan that Blackwater can help restore order anywhere in the world, The Defense News reported.

"We're low-cost and fast," Black reportedly said. "The issue is, who's going to let us play on their team?"

Blackwater -- which employs former members of elite U.S. units like the Navy SEALS -- has played a major role as an independent contractor in Iraq. Four of its employees were killed by a mob in Fallujah in one of the most notorious early incidents of violence there.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that providing combat forces would be a major shift for the company. Blackwater Vice President Chris Taylor told the newspaper the troubled Darfur region of Sudan might be one place where its forces could be useful, operating under the direction of an international agency like the United Nations, NATO or the African Union.

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