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Muscle men ring up dollars with Gaza private security firms 
Reuters |  30 November 2016
> Three private security companies are now competing in Gaza, offering protection for high-profile Arab and Western delegations or cautious businessmen shifting goods and cash around the fenced-in territory. While Hamas, the Islamist group that has run Gaza since 2007, has its own armed units to protect international visitors, it does not object to competition from private companies, as long as they coordinate with the authorities.

To Get Back to Normal, Afghanistan Needs Private Security 
TheNationalInterest |  22 November 2016
> In global conflicts, the stabilizing rule of thumb is that security is 90 percent of the problem, and 10 percent of the solution. Development, investment, reconciliation and other crucial undertakings are not possible without adequate security. A rethinking of the way private security is regulated in Afghanistan would spur enormous international investment.

South Africa: Labour Hosts Private Security Seminar 
AllAfrica |  21 November 2016
> The Private Security Seminar will be held under the theme: "Improved compliance in the private security sector". The Seminar will be held on November 24-25. The first day will be dedicated to the training of shop stewards, and the second day will be Seminar proper. More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the Seminar. The Seminar will be held at Zebula Lodge Golf Estate in Bela Bela, Limpopo Province.

'Resurrection' of Somali Pirate Attacks Feared After Tanker Shootout 
NBC News |  20 November 2016
> Col. Richard Cantrill, chief of staff for EU Navfor, highlighted increased naval patrols, private security staff aboard vessels, the formation of best maritime practice guidelines and the ability to prosecute pirates captured, as key factors in closing off opportunities for piracy when he spoke to NBC News by phone.

UN Adopts Cuban Resolutions on Peace and Rejection of Mercenaries 
Prensa Latina |  18 November 2016
> The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted today by large majority two draft resolutions submitted by Cuba, which advocate for the right to peace and reject the use of mercenaries.The text of the Declaration on the Right to Peace was supported by 116 countries, 34 rejected it and 19 abstained, following a vote requested by the United States, despite Cuba's call to adopt it by consensus, considering the importance of the issue for humanity.

Afghanistan: 2 U.S. Soldiers & 2 U.S. Contractors Killed at Bagram Air Base 
DemocracyNow |  14 November 2016
> In Afghanistan, two U.S. soldiers and two U.S. private military contractors have died after a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Bagram Air Base on Saturday. At least 16 other U.S. soldiers and one Polish soldier were wounded in the blast. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident is one of the worst security breaches at the Bagram Air Base in the United States’ ongoing 14-year war in Afghanistan.

Nigeria: Rattled By Boko Haram's Resurgence, DHQ Considers Recall of S'African Mercenaries 
AllAfrica |  9 November 2016
> Rattled by the recent killings of the Commanding Officer of the 272 Special Task Force Task Battalion, Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali and six soldiers by members of Boko Haram, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) is mulling over whether to reach out to President Muhammadu Buhari on the urgent need to recall the South African mercenaries recruited by former President Goodluck Jonathan to help finish off the terror group.

'Unregulated field' of private police needs greater oversight, report warns 
CBC News |  6 November 2016
> "There is little or no governance or oversight of private security firms in Canada, no mechanisms that require standardized reporting by private security firms, and only minimal standards in place for licensing, training and discipline of the various positions within the private security industry," reads a research report prepared for Public Safety Canada.

The rivalry between Moscow and Washington for the right to defeat ISIS 
Russia Direct |  4 November 2016
> The operation for Mosul involves about 30,000 (according to some data, up to 60,000) Iraqi soldiers and the Kurdish militia, aided by American specialists, as well as 2,000 Turkish soldiers. It might seem an impressive force. However, by way of comparison, the Kurdish militia aided by the American air force and private military companies took 72 days to take by storm the small Syrian area of Manbij.

Ghost soldiers: the Russians secretly dying in Syria 
Reuters |  3 November 2016
> The sources described the Russian fighters as contractors or mercenaries, hired by a private company, rather than regular troops. But despite their unofficial status, according to these accounts, they operate in coordination with the Russian military and are given privileges back home normally available only to serving soldiers.

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