"Afghan President Hamid Karzai means to scrap private security firms and could replace them with local security forces, his office says. Private contractors, who work mainly for Western companies and are not accountable locally, have long been an irritant to the Afghan government. They employ some 40,000 people, competing for contracts worth billions. The government has tried unsuccessfully to register them and find out details of their weaponry and their earnings. Among those who use private security contractors in Afghanistan is the US government."Read more in "Karzai to scrap private security firms in Afghanistan", BBC News, August 10, 2010. Read more about private security firms in Afghanistan.