The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that an Australian security contractor has been killed at the countries embassy in Iraq. The 34-year-old man was shot to death while working for Unity Resources Group (URG). Circumstances surrounding the event, which happened late Wednesday night, are still being investigated amidst controversy.
There has been documented problems by the security contractors employed at the Australian Embassy in Iraq where URG has provided security for the past five years. The security contract URG agreed into has been under scrutiny since its cost were reduced from $100m over five years to $51m over three years. The security contractors were reportedly “strong armed” into taking less pay and were not given sufficient equipment to protect the embassy since then.
A media statement released earlier this year by URG, addresses and dismisses these claims and suggest that the security contractors did not agree or sign their new contracts (to take less pay) and hence, see it fit to attack URG. The statement goes on to explain that reports of unqualified or lack of high standards in regard to newly hired contractors are false.
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