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Australia withdraws troops guarding Iraq embassy

Thirty-three Australian soldiers who were guarding the country’s embassy in Iraq have been withdrawn and a Dubai-based private security firm has taken over, an embassy official said.

ABC News  August 10, 2011

“We now have moved to a contractor called Unity Resources Group (URG) to provide embassy security,” the official said, adding that the last soldiers left on Saturday.

The soldiers guarding the embassy were the last significant Australian troop presence in the country.

Australia once had 2,000 soldiers in Iraq, one of the larger non-US deployments.

Two Australian officers remain as advisers to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the embassy official said.

According to its website, URG is based in Dubai and was founded by Gordon Conroy, “a former commander in the Australian SAS (Special Forces) Counter Terrorist Squadron” who is the firm’s director and chief executive.

Last year, the ABC revealed URG, which handles security for the Australian embassy in Baghdad as part of a $9 million contract, is one of only two military contractors to have killed an Australian in Iraq.

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August 10, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , ,

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