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War Contractors: The Numbers on American vs. Foreign Workers in Iraq and Afghanistan

Nationality of Civilian Contractors Reported Working in Iraq and Afghanistan

  Number of Workers Percent of Total Workers
Foreign Workers* 45,194 67%
American Workers 22,465 33%

Source: U.S. Central Command, July 2007

Nationality of Civilian Contractors Reported Injured or Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

  Number of Injuries Percent of Total Injuries
Foreign Workers* 3,079 14%
American Workers 18,701 86%

Source: Labor Department, January 2008. The Labor Department does not track the nationality of each civilian contractor. It does, however, maintain the mailing addresses for claimants receiving benefits. The figures above reflect country data derived from those mailing addresses as a rough proxy for nationality. The Los Angeles Times obtained the data as part of the settlement of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Labor Department.

*Excludes Iraqi and Afghan workers

For more on our investigation on injured war contractors, go to Disposable Army: Civilian Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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