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Mercenaries in Iraq subject of March 26 talk at library

Join Steve Fainaru, Washington Post correspondent and author of “Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq,” for a reading and discussion. Fainaru won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his series on the rise of private security companies during the Iraq War. On assignment in Iraq, he embedded with some of the thousands of mercenaries that support the U.S. military yet are exempt from Iraqi law and U.S. government oversight.
An El Cerrito resident, Fainaru has worked as a correspondent for the Washington Post since 2000. He received the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper or wire-service reporting from abroad for his stories on private security contractors. He was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2006 for his coverage of U.S. troops as the insurgency in Iraq intensified.

Thursday, March 26th at 7 p.m. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito 94530, 510-526-7512.

Run dates: 2009-03-07 - 2009-03-26

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