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  • Putin's Bay of Pigs? Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded

    02/15/2018 1:11:53 PM PST · by BeauBo · 90 replies
    Reuters ^ | Maria Tsvetkova
    About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm (Wagner Group) were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. ...A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said last week that a force aligned with Assad, backed with artillery, tanks, rockets and mortars, had on Feb. 7 attacked fighters with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir al-Zor. U.S. special forces were accompanying the SDF forces that came under attack, officials in Washington said. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria retaliated, killing about 100 of the pro-Assad forces, according to...
  • What Can an Ancient General Teach Us About Modern Leadership?

    01/31/2018 4:13:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON ^ | Jan 18, 2018
    Patrick N. Hunt discusses his new book on Hannibal and how much of his success was based on solid financing. Audio Player Few military leaders hold as much allure for historians as Hannibal Barca of Carthage (today’s Tunisia). Born in 247 B.C., he is still studied today because of his unparalleled ability to strategize and get inside the mind of his opponent in battle. Archaeologist Patrick N. Hunt, who had been the director of Stanford’s Alpine Archaeology Project, has written a new book about the legendary figure that is simply titled Hannibal. He joined the Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM channel...
  • Russian Arseniy Pavlov, a war crimes suspect known as ‘Motorola,’ reportedly killed

    10/16/2016 5:41:13 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 13 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 10/16/2016 | Kyiv Post
    Russian mercenary Arseniy Pavlov, better known as Motorola, was killed in an explosion in Donetsk, several news agencies reported on Oct. 16. Police in the Kremlin-controlled area were reportedly looking for suspects in the killing. Interfax News Agency, citing a source, said Pavlov was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in the elevator of his apartment building. Other reports say the Kremlin-backed separatists blame Ukrainian officials for the blast. If his death is confirmed, he becomes the latest in a growing number of assassinations of separatist military leaders in the Donbas. Pavlov was a war hero in the view...
  • Bergdahl appeared to lay groundwork for his disappearance in Afghanistan, squad mates say

    05/29/2015 9:28:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Good video at link about squad mates having to sign non-disclosure statements.Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl slept on his bed frame, and then the concrete floor, collected contact information, and talked about becoming a mercenary in what his squad mates now describe as behavior that laid the groundwork for his disappearance in Afghanistan nearly six years ago. "I asked him, 'Why are you sleeping on the frame of your bed?'" former Sgt. Matt Vierkant recalled in a recent interview with Fox News. "I was like well, that's weird. And then I remember coming back -- I don’t know if it was a...
  • Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram Gets Help From South African Mercenaries

    03/12/2015 10:45:33 AM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12 March 2015 | ADAM NOSSITER
    Hundreds of South African mercenaries and hired fighters of other nationalities are playing a decisive role in Nigeria’s military campaign against Boko Haram, operating attack helicopters, armored personnel carriers and fighting to retake towns and villages captured by the Islamist militant group, according to senior officials in the region.The Nigerian government has not acknowledged the presence of the mercenaries, but a senior government official in northern Nigeria said the South Africans — camped out in a remote portion of the airport in Maiduguri, the city at the heart of Boko Haram’s uprising — conduct most of their operations at night...
  • US vet says fighting in Syria was as easy as buying airplane ticket to Miami

    01/02/2015 3:35:49 AM PST · by 9thLife · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 02, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    All it took was a plane ticket, and an informal background check over Facebook. Then he was ushered to the front lines in Syria, fighting against the Islamic State. In a rare, exclusive interview with Fox, a U.S. military veteran with multiple tours in Iraq detailed his journey to Syria to fight against ISIS, on the condition his identity was protected. The veteran, who asked to be identified as “John,” described a surprisingly simple process that took him from America to the dangerous Syrian civil war – and not as part of the U.S. military. "I just went online and...
  • Bill O’Reilly: Why not raise a 25,000-man global mercenary army to fight ISIS?

    09/23/2014 3:43:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Seems far-fetched. We’re going to recruit and vet thousands of possibly unreliable foreigners, arm them to the teeth, shower them with cash, give them some perfunctory training, then send them into battle against the world’s nastiest jihadi degenerates, from ISIS to Al Qaeda to Hezbollah? Why, that’s … exactly what Obama’s planning to do with Syria’s “moderates.” Right? One of O’Reilly’s guests last night called his mercenary plan “morally corrosive” because it would outsource the national security of the United States to foreign actors, which … we’re right now in the process of doing. Who would you rather take...
  • Russian border guards hired to fight in Donbas for $5,500

    09/06/2014 6:17:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 14:49 06.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 6 /Ukrinform/. Russian border guards are receiving offers from the leadership to participate in the fighting in Donbas. National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said this at a briefing on Saturday. "According to the latest reports, Russian border guards are getting offers from the leadership to participate in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Volunteers are dismissed from their service, receive a one-time financial compensation of 200,000 rubles [about $5,500] and are sent to the war zone as 'natural persons,'" Lysenko said. He said that after being involved in the fulfillment of...
  • Report: Assad moves weapons underground

    09/04/2013 5:46:07 PM PDT · by Prospero · 71 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 9/4/2013 | Zach Pontz
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun to move his arsenal of advanced weapons underground in preparation for a possible strike on the country by the United States, Israel’s Channel 1o reported on Wednesday. Since learning of U.S. President Obama’s desire to attack Syria, Assad ‘s forces have begun to move the weapons, including possibly chemical warheads, into underground bunkers. The process was accelerated when Damascus realized that the U.S. strike would not be a surprise and in fact would be delayed by a Congressional vote, Channel 10 said. The underground facilities are similar to those built by Iran near the...
  • American who fought for Al Nusrah Front (Al Queda in syria) arrested in US

    03/29/2013 12:58:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | March 29, 2013 | Bill Roggio
    A former American soldier who admitted to fighting for al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria has been arrested and charged with "conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the United States." Harroun's arrest and the account of his short time fighting for the Al Nusrah Front highlight some of the terror group's close links to the Free Syrian Army, the so-called secular fighting force that is being backed by the US. Harroun, a Muslim convert known in Syria as "the American," fought for both the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in...
  • So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how.

    12/08/2012 1:18:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how. It's Earth's version of taking the Black and heading for the Wall, the way Jon Snow does in Game of Thrones. Joining the French Foreign Legion granted men a safe haven for many for decades. But what does it actually take to join the French Foreign Legion? • Joining the Legion The Foreign Legion, unfortunately, is portrayed in pop culture as packed mercenaries and vagrants — even Jean-Claude Van Damme takes up the cause in one film. A safe haven for men looking for a new...
  • Private Army Formed to Fight Somali Pirates Leaves Troubled Legacy

    10/06/2012 3:54:12 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT
    It seemed like a simple idea: In the chaos that is Somalia, create a sophisticated, highly trained fighting force that could finally defeat the pirates terrorizing the shipping lanes off the Somali coast. But the creation of the Puntland Maritime Police Force was anything but simple. It involved dozens of South African mercenaries and the shadowy security firm that employed them, millions of dollars in secret payments by the United Arab Emirates, a former clandestine officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, and Erik Prince, the billionaire former head of Blackwater Worldwide who was residing at the time in the emirates....
  • Maersk Hires Tanzanian Mercenary Warship As Pirate Situation Becomes 'Critical'

    01/04/2010 11:21:00 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 1-4-2010 | Vincent Fernando
    Maersk Hires Tanzanian Mercenary Warship As Pirate Situation Becomes 'Critical' Vincent Fernando Jan. 4, 2010, 2:10 PM Anarchy off the coast of Africa has become profitable not just for pirates, but for idle local navies as well. More evidence of a growing global private defense industry: Hellenic Shipping News: Danish shipper A.P. Moller Maersk has hired out soldiers and a warship from Tanzania to protect its fleet in pirate-ridden waters off the coast of Africa, and now other shippers are expected to follow suit. Maersk hired the warship through former special forces soldiers working for firm Guardian GBS security in...
  • In South Osetia the American mercenary is undertaken into the captivity

    08/12/2008 12:44:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies · 185+ views
    (Translation) In South Osetia is undertaken into the captivity American mercenary in South Osetia it is seized into the captivity the group of the Georgian demolishers, among whom is located the citizen of the USA, [afroamerikanets]. About this reports “ossetic radio”. Group is delayed in the region of the settlement charges, which is located on “the road of life” - To [zarskoy] road. It is assumed that the citizen of the USA - one of the instructors of NATO. At the given moment it is crossed into Vladikavkaz for explaining all circumstances of its presence in the territory of republic...
  • In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day ‘Merc’

    10/04/2007 9:40:24 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 7 replies · 564+ views
    Conservative Crusader ^ | 10-04-07 | David M. Huntwork
    The mere mention of private military companies is enough to panic the OH MY GOD squad of American society and leaves them loudly shrieking fascism and totalitarianism, murder and thuggery. There have been scores of private military companies and security firms employed by the Department of Defense and the State Department in Iraq since the war began. The most famous of all the “professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and stability operations firms” is the North Carolina based Blackwater USA. In addition to Blackwater, other significant private security/military companies include DynCorp, Erinys, Aegis Defense Services, Kroll Inc., ArmorGroup, Hart, Steele...
  • Blackwater Buys Brazilian Bombers-(mercenaries)

    08/27/2007 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Flavius · 23 replies · 2,749+ views
    strategy page ^ | August 27, 2007 | strategy page
    Security company Blackwater U.S.A. is buying Super Tucano light combat aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. These five ton, single engine, single seat aircraft are built for pilot training, but also perform quite well for counter-insurgency work.
  • MPs approve new SA mercenary bill(South Africa)

    08/31/2006 7:09:39 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 3 replies · 267+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 Aug 2006 | BBC
    South Africa's National Assembly has approved a law requiring that citizens working as security staff abroad must seek permission from the government. It will also make South Africans seek permission to serve in foreign armies. Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota said the law was to prevent mercenaries from subverting democracy across Africa but opponents say it is too stringent. South Africa is trying to get rid of a reputation as a haven for mercenaries and coup plotters. The authorities estimate at least 4,000 South Africans are employed in conflict areas, and several have been found to be involved in attempted coups....
  • Swedish police killer charged with Bosnia torture (mercenary fought with Croats)

    07/14/2006 7:12:35 AM PDT · by joan · 22 replies · 521+ views
    The Local ^ | July 14, 2006
    Published: 14th July 2006 11:50 CET Jackie Arklöv, currently serving a life sentence for murdering two policemen in Malexander in 1999, was charged on Friday with crimes against international law in Bosnia. "The crimes were committed during the spring, summer and autumn of 1993, mostly during the summer," said prosecutor Lise Tamm to TT. According to Tamm, Arklöv committed robbery and torture against prisoners of war as well as civilians, and demostrated 'particular brutality'. The crimes are said to have been carried out in different jails in Bosnia Herzegovinia where Arklöv was a guard. Arklöv was a mercenary soldier in...
  • United Nations 'Army' Proposed

    06/15/2006 3:07:32 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 112 replies · 1,898+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 06-15-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Crisis management experts are calling for the creation of a "United Nations army"-an international rapid reaction force that could be deployed within 48 hours to intervene in emergency situations around the globe.Composed of up to 15,000 military, police and civilian staff, including medics, the proposed force would be recruited from professionals hired by the U.N. from many countries, and based at designated U.N. sites.
  • Penn. Man Named In Alleged Terror Plot

    02/12/2006 6:23:36 AM PST · by LouAvul · 9 replies · 999+ views
    cbs ^ | 2-12-06
    Federal agents contend that a Pennsylvania man tried to work with al Qaeda in a plot to blow up the Alaska pipeline, another pipeline in Pennsylvania and a refinery in New Jersey, according to a published report. Michael Curtis Reynolds, 47, has not officially been charged with terrorism, but a prosecutor at a hearing said that Reynolds tried to "provide material aid to al Qaeda" and that the case "involves a federal offense of terrorism," The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in its Sunday editions. CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston reports that a tip from Shannen Rossmiller - a judge from Conrad,...