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Serb Fighters’ Mercenary Path from Ukraine to Syria 
Balkan Transitional Justice |  22 April 2016
> When Syrian government forces seized the historic city of Palmyra back from Islamic State last month, President Bashar al-Assad took the glory, but according to several international media reports, Russian forces were also involved in the battle - aided by mercenaries who once fought in the Balkan wars. Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper claimed that an analysis of photos, social media posts and Iranian, Russian and Syrian media showed that the assault on the city was led by Moscow’s troops.

U.K. Firm ‘Employed Ex-Child Soldiers as Mercenaries in Iraq’ 
Newsweek |  18 April 2016
> A U.K. firm may have employed former child soldiers as mercenaries in Iraq, it has been alleged. The claims against Aegis Defence Services are to be made in a Danish television documentary The Child Soldier’s New Job, which is due to be broadcast on Monday. The documentary claims that Aegis, which is chaired by Sir Nicholas Soames, the Tory MP and grandson of Winston Churchill, hired some 2,500 mercenaries for as little as £10 ($16) a day in order to fulfil contracts to guard U.S. military bases from 2004 onwards.

People (including me) used to think that the private military industry couldn’t govern itself. We were wrong. 
Washington Post |  12 April 2016
> Erik Prince is in the news again. Two recent articles in The Intercept describes how the notorious founder of Blackwater is being investigated for brokering military services to foreign governments and money laundering. However, whether Erik Prince has changed or not, the industry that he is involved in surely has. People (myself included) used to think that the private military and security industry couldn’t govern itself. We were wrong.

Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force 
The Intercept |  11 April 2016
> On a crisp Saturday in November 2014, a black Mercedes SUV pulled onto the tarmac of an Austrian specialty aviation company 30 miles south of Vienna. Employees of the firm, Airborne Technologies, which specialized in designing and equipping small aircraft with wireless surveillance platforms, had been ordered to work that weekend because one of the company’s investors was scheduled to inspect their latest project.

Could Koreans Lead a Future Generation of Private Military Firms? 
The Diplomat |  6 April 2016
> Between 1988 and 1999, the Soviet Union alone reduced its military personnel by about three million men (although some of these found employment in the armed forces of successor states). The rest of the Eastern bloc went through a similar experience, followed by the NATO alliance. This demobilization left a massive, floating population of trained soldiers, often without any good economic prospects. This pool of military labor helped feed the growth of private military firms, operating in Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Moscow's Mercenaries in Syria 
War On The Rocks |  5 April 2016
> As Syrian forces push their advantage against the Islamic State, it is increasingly clear that there are Russians on the ground with them. Some are Spetsnaz special forces, there for recon and forward air control, but others are mercenaries, working for a shadowy outfit in St. Petersburg. Increasingly, the Kremlin is waking up to the potential advantages of outsourcing combat missions to private contractors — but doing so in a very Russian way, in which “private” is still a euphemism for “deniable,” and where official intelligence agencies are still in control.

Russian proxies attack Ukraine troops 61 times in last day 
Ukraine Today |  5 April 2016
> Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine were attacked 61 times in the past 24 hours, which is almost half more than in the previous day and night, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO). "Using mortars of various calibers, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired on our positions almost along the entire demarcation line," the report says.

NKR has grounds to believe Azerbaijan uses Islamic terrorists on the frontline 
Armenpress |  4 April 2016
> The Spokesman of the President of Nagorno Karabakh Republic David Babayan says, Stepanakert has grounds to believe that Azerbaijan has recruited mercenaries from the Turkish "Grey Wolves" organization and "Islamic State" terrorist organization.

Yemeni forces capture over 40 Saudi mercenaries, killed several others in Bayda & Jawf provinces 
ABNA |  4 April 2016
> Yemeni forces have managed to capture 42 Saudi soldiers in Bayda and Jawf provinces, and killed several others in Ma'rib. The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, caught 31 Saudi soldiers in Rada district in the southern province of Bayda and captured 11 others in al-Matma district in the northwestern province of Jawf, Yemen's official Saba Net news agency reported on Sunday.

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