|There seems to be a few people here who know about war & law. One thing has come to my mind now and then and now again.. Those "civilian contractors" who are serving, oops working in Iraq.. Many of them are de facto mercenaries, armed guys with military background and military gadgets.
What is their situation according to law? Are they free prey without much of the rights legal combatants do have? I dont know the details too well, but in my opinion (yes, its an opinion at the moment, cannot say that I knew) they are illegal combatants like not-to-be-mentioned ppl out there. Am I badly wrong? Is it this simple?
Another question; on what grounds those ppl are allowed to carry military weaponry in Iraq? Doesnt international/iraqi law prohibit such?
DISCLAIMER; this is not meant to be taken as an insult to those people of whom many are doing important work in Iraq and in many other dangerous corners of the world and setting their lives in danger while doing it, though I wouldnt praise their `noble`motives. Too much money involded;)