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Nigeria: Security Beefed up in Akwa Ibom, Cross River Border Communities After Invasion By Armed Mercenaries 
AllAfrica |  30 December 2016
> Heavy security personnel comprising of soldiers, police and civil defence have been drafted to contain the invasion of the coastal villages of Oku Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State by mercenaries alleged to be from neighbouring Ikot-Offiong in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State. Sources said the armed mercenaries numbering more than 50 allegedly released by Ikot-Offiong village have in the past three days terrorised the riverine villages of Oku Iboku with 10 people feared killed, many kidnapped and more than 100 houses burnt.

NGO to High Court: Stop private security policing Palestinian land 
The Jerusalem Post |  30 December 2016
> Yesh Din petitioned the High Court of Justice on Wednesday to revoke private security contractors’ powers from policing private Palestinian land and to publish any changes in the contractors’ guarding zones. The NGO, whose full name is Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights, defines guarding zones as “areas in and around settlements” where specific settlers are contracted to provide security supplemental to that provided by the IDF.

Nigeria: 'Beware of Foreign Mercenaries Looking Like Typical Fulani Herders' 
AllAfrica |  23 December 2016
> Religious and community leaders in Jos, Plateau State, have urged citizens to distinguish between foreign mercenaries who invade their communities and the local Fulani who have peacefully co-existed with them for years as part of efforts to stem criminality in the state. Arising from a dialogue and consultative meeting organized by Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace Centre (DREP) in Jos, the stakeholders said since their last meeting in October, they had observed the need to intensify security along the state's borders to fish out foreign mercenaries flocking into Plateau's communities.

Iran playing major role in Aleppo carnage, new report says 
Fox News World |  21 December 2016
> Outrage over the carnage in Aleppo has so far been directed at Moscow and Damascus, but activists on the ground say Tehran has a top general on the scene and has established secret camps where Iraqi mercenaries are trained to root out rebels in the Syrian city. According to information provided to, the forces currently controlling the city of Aleppo are under the command of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The military outfit under its command includes foreign mercenaries such as Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraqi militias, and also the Shiite fighters of the Liwa Fatemiyoun from Afghanistan and the Liwa Zainebiyoun from Pakistan.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Russian Restaurateur With Ties to Putin: Yevgeny Prigozhin is accused of possessing links to private military force that fought in Ukraine, Syria 
The Wall Street Journal |  21 December 2016
> The U.S. has imposed sanctions on a Russian restaurateur and caterer with connections to President Vladimir Putin who has been accused of funding Russian online “troll farms” and possessing links to a private Russian paramilitary group that fought in Ukraine and Syria.

SEGAL To Establish ‘Best Private Security Firm’ In West Africa 
Daily Observer |  20 December 2016
> The Chief Executive Officer of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo Cyrus, said he would establish the first private security firm in the West African sub-region in the next two years. Cyrus explained that his plan to establish Liberia’s first private security entity in the West Africa sub-region will strengthen the country’s private security sector and show a distinction between the government and private security firms in the discharge of their duties to protect Liberia.

Private security agencies in Singapore register strong showing in annual grading exercise 
The Straits Times |  15 December 2016
> The annual Security Agencies (SAs) Grading Exercise 2016 saw Singapore's security agencies make a marked improvement from the previous year. Assessed on three pillars of criteria - operations, training, and employment and human resource practices - the SAs were graded A for excellent, B for good, C for satisfactory and D for unsatisfactory, by the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD) of the Singapore Police Force.

Meet The Cyber Mercenaries Selling Spyware To Governments 
Vice |  14 December 2016
> Inside the Egyptian Security Services offices, the protesters found a strange document: an agreement between the regime of the dictator Hosni Mubarak and the UK surveillance tech company Gamma International to provide spyware known as FinFisher to the country's spies for a 5-month trial.

Russian Military Draws Lessons From Ukraine and Syria Ops 
Foreign Policy |  9 December 2016
> The combination of militia forces, Russian private military contractors and special forces provide a potent mix for the Russian way of war — a war being fought against American and Western backed forces in both Ukraine and Syria.

Why It’s A Goldmine For Private Military And Security Contractors In Africa 
AFK Insider |  4 December 2016
> In recent years, U.S. military operations in Africa have greatly expanded. Washington has established forward operating locations and drone bases. It has helped various African countries, like Liberia, retrain their militaries. It has tried to track rebel groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army and the East African terrorist group like Al-Shabaab. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been involved in wide-ranging activities.

Hacking the Army: The Pentagon is expanding its "bug bounty" program 
Reuters |  2 December 2016
> Two private security companies have been tapped to run the bug bounty programs, including Hack the Army. HackerOne and Synack last month signed a joint $7 million contract with the government to run up to 14 of these programs across many of the government’s digital properties in the coming years.

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