Former employees and US government intelligence officials have acknowledged that private security guards who worked for the controversial security company, Blackwater Worldwide, participated in some of the CIA's most sensitive activities. These included clandestine raids in collaboration with intelligence agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the transportation of detainees. The raids against suspects occurred on an almost nightly basis during the height of the Iraqi insurgency between 2004 and 2006. Blackwater employees had key roles in what the former company staffers labelled "snatch and grab" operations. For more, read the New York Times
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