Mercenaries attack Marine outpost
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Zapata Corp Mercenaries Who Fired On Marines Deported
On May 28, Marines of Regimental Combat Team 8 spotted a convoy of
late-model trucks and sport-utility vehicles firing at, as well as firing
near civilian cars and Marine positions in Fallujah. Later in the day,
Marines at an observation post came under sniper fire. A Marine combat team
reported receiving small arms fire from gunmen in several trucks and SUVs,
Spike strips on the road at a nearby observation post stopped nineteen
employees working for a contract security firm. Marines surrounded the
armored SUV and the mercenaries quickly surrendered. They were handcuffed
and vehicles searched.
Marines detained the contractors and later impounded several anti-tank
weapons, hand grenades, as well as a AK-47 assault rifle, according to Lt.
Col. Dave Lapan. They were brought to Camp Fallujah, where they were
questioned about what they were doing in Fallujah, and about the attack on
the Marines. They refused to speak and were detained for three days. Their
passengers were from the Parsons Corporation.
All of them were deported out of Iraq.