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Foreigners Stuck in Iraq, McCaffrey's War and Army Aviation Deaths Spike

POSTED: 04:10 PM ET, 12/ 5/2008 by Derek Kravitz

The editors at The Post's Investigations blog have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports and selected their most interesting finds for this week. Drumrolls, please:

Foreign Workers Isolated in Iraq Warehouses » About 1,000 men who a Kuwaiti subcontractor to KBR hired to work in Iraq spent months languishing near the Baghdad airport in windowless warehouses without money or place to work. The men from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh staged a protest Monday and, after reporters began asking questions, the contractor sent them back to their home countries with back salaries. — McClatchy

A 'One-Man Military-Industrial-Media Complex' » Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star Army general, has cashed in his stature and influence into lucrative opportunities in the private sector, including a deal with NBC News and consultancy work for a military contractor interested in supplying forces in Iraq with armored vehicles. — The New York Times

Military Aviation Accidents Spike » Army aviation deaths have skyrocketed since the beginning of this decade. An analysis of service mishap data shows the number of fatalities went from 8 in 2000 to 78 in 2001. After that, the number of deaths in service have remained near record highs. — Aerospace Daily & Defense

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» College athletes guided toward 'major in eligibility' (USA Today)
» Stevens pushed Kodiak rocket funding on reluctant military (Kodiak Daily Mirror)

By Derek Kravitz |  December 5, 2008; 4:10 PM ET Top Picks
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