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Private security operator Karl "Paddy" Moore from the British company ArmorGroup plays with his adopted kitten "Convoy Cat" while team members prepare one of the armoured escort trucks at a convoy staging area near Al Asad air base in north western Iraq on October 18, 2006. Moore, a 35-year-old former Royal Marine from Belfast wears the Ulster flag and a souvenir copy of a warning sign often seen in Iraq on the back of his body armour. The coalition forces and civilian administration in Iraq depend heavily on thousands of controversial security contractors to support their reconstruction efforts and military operations.