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Private security operator Karl "Paddy" Moore from the British company ArmorGroup plays with his adopted kitten "Convoy Cat" in 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 is a 35-year-old former Royal Marine from Belfast. The coalition forces and civilian administration in Iraq depend heavily on thousands of controversial security contractors to support their reconstruction efforts and military operations.