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Embassy bans alcohol at security guards camp

THE United States Embassy in Afghanistan has banned alcohol and assigned American personnel to watch over the embassy's security guards following allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living quarters.
Guards hired by a private contractor are said to have been threatened and intimidated at their offsite living quarters, and photos were released of guards and supervisors in various stages of nudity at parties flowing with booze.
The State Department inspector general is leading an investigation into the contractor, ArmorGroup North America.
Alcohol has been banned at Camp Sullivan - where ArmorGroup guards live - and diplomatic security staff have been assigned to the camp, the embassy said.
ArmorGroup personnel guard the gates to the embassy road and perimeter and screen visitors.
The Project on Government Oversight, an independent watchdog group, said the nearly 450 ArmorGroup guards live and work in an oppressive environment in which they are subjected to hazing and other inappropriate behavior by supervisors.


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