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An expert from ArmorGroup (left) trains local members of the Nepal and Maoist Armies on the safe removal of unexploded devices.
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China’s security guards go where army dares not tread 
Today Online |  28 February 2017
> About 3,200 Chinese employees of private security groups were based abroad last year, says Liu Xinping, deputy director of the China Overseas Security and Defence Research Centre. That compares with 2,600 Chinese troops deployed under United Nations mandates — China’s only foreign military deployments in conflict zones.

Nigerian army arrest Chadian Boko Haram terrorists 
Pulse |  27 February 2017
> Three Chadian Boko Haram mercenaries have been arrested after they sneaked into Gombe State to carry out terror attacks.

Chinese private security goes global 
The Financial Times |  26 February 2017
> Details of the operation last year, revealed here for the first time, point to the greater role being played by China’s fledgling private security industry. Its growth has echoes of the prominent and often controversial part played by western contractors such as Blackwater, now known as Academi, and DynCorp in Iraq and Afghanistan after the September 11 2001 attacks.

Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves 
DefenseOne |  23 February 2017
> The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number of American troops training and advising Iraqi soldiers battling Islamic State militants.

Army soldiers, allies kill Saudi mercenaries off Yemen coast 
PressTV |  22 February 2017
> Yemeni forces have launched an operation against Riyadh-backed militiamen loyal to the former government, killing scores of them, including the commander of Saudi-led Emirati troops in Yemen.

Fighting ISIS with mercenaries is bad idea, says private military expert 
RT |  22 February 2017
> He warned that, although mercenary interventions in places like Sierra Leone by the now-defunct Executive Outcomes group are still seen as success stories, this was because there had been a clear enemy and a set of clearly defined aims. In Syria, there is no such clarity and the war is being contested by major powers – it is not just a marginal conflict.

Israeli Police Want Palestinians to Pay for Their Own Security Escort to Court 
Haartetz |  21 February 2017
> The police are demanding that Palestinians caught entering Israel illegally pay thousands of shekels for private security firms to escort them to subsequent court hearings in Israel.

Report: South Africans spend more on personal security than annual SAPS budget 
The South African |  15 February 2017
> On Tuesday statistician-general Pali Lehohla released StatsSA’s Victims of Crime Survey and soe of the findings don’t look all that great for government. According to Lehohla, the police’s annual budget sits at around R30 billion annually, but South Africans spend R45 billion a year on private security measures.

Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference under way as participants gather from 25 countries  
The National |  15 February 2017
> The Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (Adioc), an event sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and Tawazun Economic Council, opened in the emirate with more than 450 participants from more than 25 countries exchanging views on offsets programmes. The biennial conference included participants from the UAE Armed Forces, Ministry Of Defence, international defence contractors and local companies, according to Tawazun.

Iran trains thousands of mercenaries each year to fight in Syria and Iraq wars claims PMOI 
International Business Times |  14 February 2017
> The Islamic Republic of Iran is training thousands of foreign mercenaries and exporting them to fight in proxy wars in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, a leading opposition group has claimed in a detailed intelligence report.

ADG Singh exhorts firms to hire quality security guards 
Times of India |  14 February 2017
> Instead of cutting corners by employing guards from private security agencies, companies should hire men of the government-run Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) for the safety of their employees, additional director general of police (ADG) Jay Jeet Singh said on Monday.

The Blackwater of Jihad 
Foreign Policy |  10 February 2017
> Heavily armed and expertly kitted with body armor and ballistic helmets, the men can be seen defending bunkers, storming buildings, and even posing by whiteboards giving tactical lessons. Though the titles of these YouTube videos are written in Russian Cyrillic, their background music is an a cappella Islamic chant known as a nasheed, which is often used by extremist groups in propaganda films. But the men are no ordinary jihadis. They are members of Malhama Tactical, the world’s first jihadi private military contractor (PMC) and consulting firm.

Being Honest About U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan 
Council on Foreign Relations |  09 February 2017
> Today, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General John “Mic” Nicholson, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Though it remains the longest war in American history, the ongoing military campaign in Afghanistan received little attention during the presidential race and even less since President Trump entered office. You may recall that in December 2009, President Obama authorized the deployment of 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total to 97,000. The vast majority of those troops have returned home; there are 8,400 troops in country now (plus 26,000 military contractors, 9,474 of whom are U.S. citizens).

Yemeni rocket kills many Saudi mercenaries in Mokha 
PressTV |  08 February 2017
> Scores of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to the former Yemeni government have reportedly been killed when Yemeni armed forces targeted their gathering in the country’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Cops prepare checklist of documents for firms 
The Times of India |  08 February 2017
> Police have decided to tighten the noose around the private security agencies operating in the city, taking a note from the murder of an Infosys techie at her office in Pune recently.

Yemeni Rebels Kill Three Saudi Mercenaries in Sanaa Province 
Sputnik International |  07 February 2017
> Three Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed by a guided missile while being in a military vehicle in Yemen's Sanaa province's Nihm district, according to local media.

Afghan diplomat killed by his personal security guard in Pakistan, officials say 
Fox News |  06 February 2017
> An Afghan diplomat was shot and killed by his security guard inside the consulate in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Monday, officials said.

Saudi airstrikes, mercenaries kill seven across Yemen 
PressTV |  04 February 2017
> Two civilians were killed and a number of others injured after the fighter planes struck the al-Mokha District of Ta’izz Province in Yemen’s extreme southwest.The United Nations has warned about the dire situation of civilians in Mokha and Ta’izz more generally, as Saudi Arabia and its mercenaries try to force out Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Report Shows Brazil Has Highest Cost of Crime in Latin America 
The Rio Times |  03 February 2017
> According to a recent report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) violence costs in Brazil were one of the highest recorded in the Southern Cone of South America, with most of the spending towards combating violence going to private security.

NSCDC warns against illegal private security outfits 
Vanguard |  02 February 2017
> The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos Command, has warned commercial banks, eateries and other private organizations in the state, against illegal security outfit operating within the state.

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