Halliburton hires Colombian security

A US company has recruited 25 retired Colombian police and army officers to provide security for oil infrastructure in Iraq, according to the newspaper El Tiempo.

    Halliburton was once run by US Vice-President Dick Cheney

    The officers met in northern Bogota on 2 December with a Colombian colonel, who, on behalf of Halliburton Latin America, offered them monthly salaries of $7000 to provide security for oil workers and infrastructure in several Iraqi cities, according to one of the men, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

    "On Friday, 16 Colombians will leave for Iraq with one-year contracts, renewable for six months," the source said. "In addition to the salary of $7000, vacations in Europe every three months and life insurance were offered," he said. 

    The information was confirmed by a Colombian government source, according to El Tiempo, but denied by a Halliburton spokesman in Bogota. 

    Sale of armoured vehicles

    El Tiempo also reported that a Colombian manufacturer of armoured vehicles had signed a contract to sell 50 of them to oil executives and top Iraqi officials. 

    A spokesman for the company confirmed the sale, but refused to give the name of the firm for security reasons.

    US news reports have said that civilians and retired soldiers from Chile, South Africa and Spain are being recruited to reinforce Iraqi security personnel. 

    Halliburton, the oil services giant once run by US Vice-President Dick Cheney, has won billions of dollars in contracts to feed, house and care for US troops in Iraq, but has been accused of accounting problems and overcharging.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.