Crescent Security Group

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Crescent Security was a private security firm operating in Iraq, based out of Kuwait and managed by U.S. nationals.[1]

On November 16th, 2006, five contractors working for Crescent were kidnapped at a fake check point in Iraq.[2] They were subsequently killed by their kidnappers. Their bodies were returned to their families in March and April 2008.[3][4]

The company is now defunct. A July 2007 Washington Post article stated, "The firm leaves behind a trail of broken lives and a record of alleged misconduct. In March, the U.S. military barred Crescent from U.S. bases after it was found with weapons prohibited for private security companies, including rocket launchers and grenades, according to documents and interviews with former Crescent employees and U.S. officials. ... Crescent violated U.S. military regulations while being paid millions of dollars to support the U.S.-led mission in Iraq. The company routinely sacrificed safety to cut costs." [5]

Joshua Munns, Jonathon Cote, John Young, Bert Nussbaumer, and Paul Reuben.

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Phone: +965 390 3184

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  1. "Austrian Killed, American Wounded In Iraq: Whereabouts Of 3 Other U.S. Civilians Kidnapped In Convoy Unknown", CBS News, November 17, 2006.
  2. "New video shows security contractors who were kidnapped in Iraq", USA Today, January 3, 2007.
  3. Crescent Security Group, "Press Release", Media Release, April 28, 2008.
  4. "Cotes seek answers in Jonathon’s death", Buffalo News, April 27, 2008.
  5. Steve Fainaru, "Cutting Costs, Bending Rules, And a Trail of Broken Lives: Ambush in Iraq Last November Left Four Americans Missing And a String of Questions About the Firm They Worked For," Washington Post, July 29, 2007.

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