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Sudan to host intelligence agencies for mercenary and terrorist talks  
Middle East Monitor |  30 March 2017
> A Sudanese security official announced on Wednesday that his country will host a workshop for the Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) from 3 to 5 April. The representatives of agencies from almost 30 countries are expected to attend the meeting, at which the issues of mercenaries and terrorism will be on the agenda.

Security firms offer jobs to BSF-trained youths  
The Times of India |  30 March 2017
> "A skill development training camp for 30 youths from Banaskantha was conducted at BSF location in Dantiwada. We trained them to compete successfully for recruitment in various paramilitary forces, state police and private security agencies," Tomar said.

First civilians reported killed in west Colombia war between guerrillas and paramilitaries  
Colombia Reports |  27 March 2017
> Colombian authorities on Monday reported the first civilian casualties of an ongoing war between ELN guerrillas and AGC paramilitaries in the west of the country.

Private security boom worries Swiss police  
Swiss Info |  26 March 2017
> Fear of terrorism has reportedly created a thriving market for private security firms in Switzerland, but a lack of uniform standards has Swiss police concerned.

Blackwater’s Erik Prince to open bases in China  
AsiaTimes |  23 March 2017
> US private military company Frontier Services Group (FSG) is planning operations in China’s Xinjiang Province that will support the One Belt, One Road initiative, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra  
Reuters |  22 March 2017
> Most of the dead were not regular Russian soldiers but Russian civilians working as private military contractors under the orders of Russian commanders. Moscow has not officially acknowledged the presence of the contractors in Syria.

More Russian Fighters from Private ‘Wagner Group’ Die in Syria  
The Moscow Times |  22 March 2017
> Six Russians affiliated with the private military company known as the “Wagner Group” died in Syria this year, an investigation by the news website RBC has revealed.

Lasso Wants Ecuador to Be Paramilitary State: Colombian Analyst  
TeleSur |  21 March 2017
> The proposal to privatize security forces in Ecuador put forward by right-wing presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso is the same model that spurred a major surge in paramilitary violence in Colombia more than two decades ago, according to a Colombian analyst.

Swiss security contractors active abroad  
Swiss Info |  19 March 2017
> Private Swiss security firms have carried more than 400 missions abroad over the past 18 months according to data from the foreign ministry.

Can Russia resolve the conflict in Libya?  
Al Jazeera |  16 March 2017
> As the Libyan National Army loyal to General Haftar regained control of the two oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider early this week, news reports suggesting Russia has deployed private military contractors in security operations near Benghazi, an area under Haftar's control, have been denied by Russian official sources.

Private Military Companies Forming Vanguard of Russian Foreign Operations 
The Jamestown Organization |  16 March 2017
> The increasing use of private military companies, known in Russia as Chastnye Voennie Companiy (ChVK), has become the modus operandi of the Russian military/political activities abroad.

Inside the 'Blackwater of Jihad': The private security company training extremists in Syria 
The Independent |  14 March 2017
> Malhama Tactical is an Islamist private military contractor that means business and has operated across a number of states, including Syria – its name means ‘great war’ or Armageddon.

US general warns of Kremlin interference in Libya amid reports of Russian mercenaries 
Fox News |  13 March 2017
> A new report last weekend has revealed that a force of several dozen armed private security contractors from Russia had operated in a part of Libya controlled by regional strongman Khalifa Haftar.

Houthi fighters kill 7 Saudi mercenaries in western Yemen 
PressTV |  11 March 2017
> Fighters from the Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement have engaged in fierce clashes with militiamen loyal to Saudi-backed resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the country’s southwestern province of Ta’izz, killing a number of them.

Russian private security firm says it had armed men in east Libya 
Reuters |  10 March 2017
> A force of several dozen armed private security contractors from Russia operated until last month in a part of Libya that is under the control of regional leader Khalifa Haftar, the head of the firm that hired the contractors told Reuters.

Yemenis kill 2 Saudi troops, several militants in retaliatory attacks 
PressTV |  10 March 2017
> Two Saudi forces and two of their mercenaries have been killed during a retaliatory attack by Yemeni forces against the kingdom’s soil.

Retired General accuses Khalifa Haftar of recruiting mercenaries; says BDB are government forces 
The Libya Observer |  10 March 2017
> Major General Suleiman Mahmoud Al-Obeidi, the former National Transitional Council military chief, has accused renegade General Khalifa Haftar of forming an army of militias and hiring mercenaries to fight alongside his self-styled army.

Syrian Troops Liberate Seven Settlements From Daesh, Kill Dozens of Mercenaries 
Sputnik International |  06 March 2017
> Syrian government forces and militias have liberated seven additional settlements northeast of Aleppo from the Daesh jihadist group outlawed in Russia, local media reported Monday.

Benghazi Defence Brigades asks relevant authorities to take control of oil crescent after pushing Haftar’s mercenaries out 
Libyan Express |  04 March 2017
> In a statement, the Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB) called on the relevant authorities to come and assume control of the area where oil terminals are located after beating out what it described as mercenaries and foreign security personnel backing Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity forces, who have been controlling the oil crescent region since last September.

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