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UAE to dispatch more mercenaries to Yemen: Report 
Press TV |  26 May 2016
> The United Arab Emirates has signed a $529-million contract with a security firm to send more mercenaries to Yemen to fight alongside Saudi forces in the impoverished war-torn country. The accord was inked between Major General Eisa Saif Mohammad al-Mazroui, representing the Emirati forces, and a person identified as Michael Romy, representing the security services company Reflex Responses Management Consultancy LLC, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported.

Congo opposition leader charged with hiring mercenaries 
Financial Times |  19 May 2016
> Moise Katumbi, the most popular opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was charged on Thursday with hiring mercenaries as part of an alleged plot to topple President Joseph Kabila. The government announced that a warrant for his arrest had been issued. Mr Katumbi, a former governor of the mineral-rich Katanga state, has rejected the allegations — which include recruiting former US soldiers — as a “grotesque lie”.

Mercenaries Are the Silent Majority of Obama’s Military 
Foreign Policy |  18 May 2016
> Last weekend, the New York Times published one of what will be many takes on President Barack Obama’s legacy as commander in chief. Retroactively shoehorning seven-plus years of varied military operations into one coherent “doctrine” is impossible, but dozens of articles will soon attempt to do so. There is one significant aspect of this doctrine, however, that is rarely mentioned by the media and never by Obama: the unprecedented use of private contractors to support foreign military operations.

Five Reasons Defense Companies Need To Be Really Big To Survive 
Forbes |  16 May 2016
> Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has been complaining of late that the ranks of military contractors are becoming too concentrated, potentially stifling innovation. However, there isn’t much evidence to suggest that sheer bigness gets in the way of developing cutting-edge technology, and even the largest defense company only claims about 6% of U.S. military spending — with most of the money passed through to subcontractors.

Uganda's Top Export: Mercenaries 
Bloomberg Businessweek |  10 May 2016
> Uganda, in East Africa, is home to 37 million people and one of the poorest countries in the world. It's perhaps best known for the dictator Idi Amin, who came to power in 1971 and murdered 300,000 of his countrymen during an eight-year reign. And it is one of the leading providers of mercenaries.

Top 100 US Defense Department Contractors in 2015 
Defense News |  9 May 2016
> Here are the top US military contractors by the numbers.

DR Congo cracks down on 'foreign mercenaries' 
Al Jazeera |  4 May 2016
> The Democratic Republic of the Congo's government has announced a crackdown on the alleged use of foreign mercenaries by the country's main opposition leader Moise Katumbi. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told a news conference on Wednesday that there was "documented proof" that former US soldiers and South Africans were among the foreigners working for Katumbi in Katanga, the province in which he is based.

UN Working Group on the use mercenaries Mission to European Union institutions: Preliminary findings 
UNHR |  1 May 2016
> The Working Group on the use of mercenaries, represented by Chairperson Ms. Elzbieta Karska, undertook a visit to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, from 25 to 28 April 2016. The Working Group wishes to thank the European Union (EU) for extending an invitation to visit and also expresses its appreciation for the meetings held with various representatives from the different functional entities as well as with members of civil society organisations. The Working Group also appreciates the support provided by the UN Regional Office for Europe in Brussels for the visit.

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