Afghanistan government confiscating weapons of private security firms under Karzai decree Erin Bock at 9:08 PM ET
[JURIST] The Afghan government on Sunday began the process of assuming responsibility for the country's security by disbanding eight Afghan and foreign private security firms and confiscating their weapons and ammunition. The banning of the firms [CNN report] is being conducted in accordance with a decree [Reuters report] issued by Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official profile; JURIST news archive] in August which called for the firms to disband within four months, with the aim of paving the way for the Afghan government to take over all security responsibilities for the country by 2014. Among the firms that were Xe Services [corporate website], formerly known as Blackwater [JURIST news archive], White Eagle Security Services and Four Horseman International [corporate websites]. Afghanistan currently has 52 registered security companies tasked with guarding embassies and convoys, as well as training Afghan security forces. A spokesman for Karzai indicated that the dissolution of the firms would not affect the use of private security firms to train national security forces [AFP report] or protect of various buildings.
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