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Published: October 1, 2014

Pilgrims Security Services Limited (Iraq) has been re-awarded its government of Iraq operating licence, a requirement for all armed security companies domestic as well as international, following a lengthy re-evaluation process and inspection of company premises, including weapon storage arrangements. A significant number of security companies have yet to be granted renewals.

Iraq is currently subject to a vicious and to date surprisingly successful Islamic State insurgency in the country’s Northern provinces. Although in a state of flux following the resignation of the authoritarian eight year Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, the government’s functions and capabilities are regenerating following a period of atrophy during the coalition occupation. Against this backdrop, the re-award of the Pilgrims operating licence may be viewed as a ringing endorsement of the company’s compliance.

Managing Director, William Freear, commented: “Successfully supporting our clients’ needs in Iraq has been foremost in our delivery of service excellence in Iraq for the past decade. Our country team, ably led by Matthew Cawthorne, our Country Director, has been meticulous and consistent in maintaining our compliance in Iraq and keeping our clients protected whatever the circumstances.”