New Book by Kevin J.A. Thomas – Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq : Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases

Published: Jul 17, 2018

Understanding why low-skilled workers in developing countries migrated to Iraq to support the US War on Terror.


In 2003, just before the start of the US invasion of Iraq, military planners predicted that the mission’s success would depend on using diverse sources for their workforce. While thousands of US troops were needed to secure victory in the field, large numbers of civilian contractors - many from poor countries in Africa and Asia - were recruited to provide a range of services for the occupying forces.
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