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Chad: UN experts call for stronger support to stop mercenaries, foreign fighters and end humanitarian crisis  
Relief Web |  30 April 2018
> The UN Working Group on mercenaries has called for more financial and other resources to stop armed conflict in Chad and surrounding countries and to put an end to human rights abuses committed by multiple actors, some of whom are foreign fighters and alleged mercenaries.

3 countries where Russia's shadowy Wagner Group mercenaries are known to operate  
Business Insider |  27 April 2018
> Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed two weeks ago that the US killed hundreds of Russians during a large firefight in Syria in early February. "In Syria now, a handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match," Pompeo said. "A couple hundred Russians were killed." The Russians were part of Wagner Group, or Vagner Group, a private mercenary company reportedly contracted by the Syrian government to capture and secure oil and gas fields from ISIS.

Ghana Airports Company awards contract to non-existent security company?  
Ghana Web |  27 April 2018
> Defense Reports suggest that Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has awarded a contract to a non-existent private security company.

KIRAN: Lengthy, salacious report released on Board of Private Security Examiners  
WAFB |  27 April 2018
> The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a 64-page report into the State Board of Private Security Examiners. That report was provided to the 9News Investigators. The Board of Private Security Examiners is tasked with overseeing all private security companies in Louisiana. The executive director of the board, Fabian Blache, and his executive assistant, Bridgette Hull, have been on paid administrative leave for four weeks now.

Mattis ordered ‘annihilation’ of ‘irregular forces’ in Syria, which were Russian mercenaries  
American Military News |  27 April 2018
> Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday why he directed a military strike in February in Syria that reportedly killed hundreds of Russian mercenaries, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Russian military contractors appear to be secretly training the Syrian military  
Business Insider |  25 April 2018
> Russian civilian military contractors appear to be helping train the Syrian military, an investigation finds. More than 2,000 Russian contractors are fighting to help Syrian forces recapture land from their opponents, several sources, including one contractor, have said.

Firms oppose Nashville ban on police working as private security guards  
USA Today Tennessean |  25 April 2018
> Two private security firms are seeking an injunction to stop the Metro Nashville Police Department from enforcing a new policy that forbids off-duty police officers from moonlighting as private security guards.

Security Firms Offer Protection for Crypto Traders in Moscow  
Bitcoin News |  25 April 2018
> Private security firms in Moscow are offering a new service – protection for people buying and selling cryptocurrency for cash. The companies have also expressed readiness to help investigate crypto-related crimes. Police are still reluctant to work on such cases, as cryptocurrencies are not yet regulated in Russia.

Nigeria: Militants Urge Army to Stop Militia From Wiping Out Nigerians  
All Africa |  24 April 2018
> Niger Delta agitators, yesterday, urged the Nigerian Army, renowned worldwide for its professionalism, to use its expertise to deal with the militia causing carnage daily in the country, which President Muhammadu Buhari identified as mercenaries trained and armed by former Libyan leader, late Muammar Gaddafi.

Moses Mabhida Violence: Security Company Owner Thankful Assaulted Guards Still Alive  
The Huffington Post |  24 April 2018
> The owner of one of the private security companies contracted to ensure safety during a match which ended violently, says he is thankful that its security guards – who were brutally assaulted – were still alive.

Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military  
Honolulu Civil Beat |  23 April 2018
> In the last 10 years, the federal Defense Department has issued grants and paid contractors working in Hawaii nearly $23 billion, according to a new analysis of spending data. And that’s on top of the roughly $6 billion a year the government spent on paychecks and personnel costs for military stationed in the islands.

Private security guards to be issued with guns in new move  
Standard Digital |  22 April 2018
> A top Kenyan government official with knowledge of the plans revealed the country’s security organ – the National Security Advisory Committee – had approved the proposal. But that will only happen after the Private Security Regulatory Authority comes up with regulations to guide who will be granted a permit to carry the weapons.

Over 90% of security companies suffering staff shortages, police survey shows  
The Japan Times |  20 April 2018
> More than 90 percent of the nation’s private security companies are suffering personnel shortages, a police survey showed Thursday, fueling concern about possible shortfalls in staff for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

KZN private security guards sentenced for publicly discharging firearms  
News24 |  19 April 2018
> The Pinetown Magistrate's Court sentenced three private security guards, after they were convicted of discharging firearms in a public space in Hillcrest, Durban, police said on Thursday.

3 American Mercenaries Are Convicted in Murder of Filipino Woman  
The New York Times |  18 April 2018
> Betrayed by their former boss — a South African crime lord who testified against them — three American men who worked as soldiers of fortune were convicted on Wednesday of a murder conspiracy plot to assassinate a real estate agent in the Philippines six years ago.

As Alberta's private security industry surges, what happens when guards behave badly?  
Edmonton Journal |  18 April 2018
> The complaints come during a time of rapid growth in Alberta’s private security sector. In 2007, there were around 6,000 licensed private security guards in Alberta. There are now more than 24,000 security professionals of all types licensed to work in the province, according to provincial statistics.

Russia is using private armed forces more and more — and it could bring major powers to the brink of conflict  
Business Insider |  17 April 2018
> An incident in a military base in Syria earlier this year resulted in the death of an estimated 100 Russian private armed forces. Russia denied involvement in the deployment of these private combat providers. The continued use of PMSCs (private military and security contractors) in the current Syrian conflict threatens to exacerbate interstate rivalries and potentially start a war between major powers.

Pentagon reports number of contractors employed in Syria for first time  
Military Times |  17 April 2018
> The Pentagon is employing 5,508 contractors in Iraq and Syria — 2,869 of whom are U.S. citizens, 760 of whom are locals and the rest of whom are third-country nationals — according to a quarterly report released in April.

Saudi, UAE recruiting 1000s of African mercenaries: Report  
Press TV |  17 April 2018
> Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are reportedly recruiting thousands of African mercenaries to serve in their military adventurism overseas, including the bloody war on Yemen.

UN expert group on mercenaries to visit Chad  
Relief Web |  13 April 2018
> The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries will undertake its first visit to Chad from 16 to 23 April. The delegation, comprising Patricia Arias and Saeed Mokbil, will be in the country to assess the activities of mercenaries and foreign fighters, and their impact on human rights. They will also examine the existing regulatory framework regarding private military and security companies.

Factbox: Assad's Foreign Backers in Syria's War  
U.S. News |  12 April 2018
> While it has special forces and advisers on the ground, Moscow has said its troops are not involved in regular ground combat operations. Russian military police forces have played a visible role in patrolling territory under Syrian government control. Reuters reporting has shown that hundreds of private Russian military contractors have fought and died on the front lines in Syria.

Mike Pompeo Promises Not to Be a ‘Yes Man’  
The Wall Street Journal |  12 April 2018
> Driving home the point that the Trump administration had a firm policy toward Moscow, Mr. Pompeo said “a couple hundred Russians” were killed in Syria by U.S. warplanes after Syrian fighters backed by Washington came under attack in February. The episode took place on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, when Russian mercenaries mounted an attack using tanks and artillery in an apparent attempt to take an oil-rich area in the eastern Syria province of Deir Ezzour. The Pentagon has been reluctant to say how many Russians might have been killed and what relation the mercenaries had to the Kremlin

The Trump administration just confirmed the US military killed 'hundreds' of Russians in lopsided fight in Syria  
Business Insider |  12 April 2018
> The US had previously only confirmed killing 100 or so pro-Syrian regime forces, but multiple outlets reported the number was as high as 300 and that the soldiers were Russian military contractors.

CIA chief confirms U.S. strike killed ‘hundreds’ of Russian mercenaries in Syria in February  
The Washington Times |  12 April 2018
> CIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Thursday that U.S. forces killed “a couple hundred” Russian mercenary troops in Syria in a strike earlier this year that he said sent a distinct signal to Moscow.

Swiss private security industry is booming abroad  
Swiss Info |  11 April 2018
> Swiss private security firms carried out 450 missions abroad in 2017 – a third more than in the previous year, announced the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on Wednesday.

Japanese groups join forces to provide Olympics security  
Nikkei Asian Review |  09 April 2018
> Japan's two biggest security service providers have agreed to suspend their rivalry and work together to deploy an "unprecedented" number of security personnel for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Yemeni troops ambush Sudanese mercenary convoy in desert  
PressTV |  07 April 2018
> Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have killed dozens of Sudanese mercenaries hired by Saudi-the led coalition which is waging war against its war-torn neighbor.

Special Report: How a secret Russian airlift helps Syria's Assad  
Reuters |  06 April 2018
> The men were private Russian military contractors, the latest human cargo in a secretive airlift using civilian planes to ferry military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his six-year fight against rebels, a Reuters investigation of the logistical network behind Assad’s forces has uncovered.

Contract-killing case gives insight into secret world of mercenaries  
New Zealand Herald |  05 April 2018
> A former United States Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers agreed to become contract killers for an international crime boss who wanted to settle a score with a real estate agent in the Philippines he thought had cheated him on a land deal, a prosecutor said yesterday in opening statements at the trial of the three men.

Mercenaries and Defence Contractors Are as Canadian as Maple Syrup  
Vice News |  05 April 2018
> Any discussion of a private global security force and Canada has to include the lucrative GardaWorld, a multimillion dollar company based in Montreal and boasting thousands of security contractors globally protecting everything from embassies to businesses in hostile areas and peaceful nations alike.

Inside Erik Prince's Return To Power: Trump, Bolton And The Privatization Of War  
Forbes |  04 April 2018
> One major impediment to his privatization concept was national security advisor H.R. McMaster, a lieutenant general and war scholar adamantly opposed to the idea of replacing American soldiers with mercenaries. Nor did the Prince plan seem to fit the worldview of then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson. But now that McMaster will be replaced by neocon favorite John Bolton, and Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo, who once ran an aerospace supplier, the dynamics have changed.

Anti-drone guns and jets deployed in Gold Coast security blitz  
Reuters |  02 April 2018
> Private security firms have been contracted to provide thousands more staff to patrol dozens of training and competition venues in the Gold Coast and the other host cities of Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.

New York Trial Will Explore the Secret World of Mercenary Soldiers  
The New York Times |  02 April 2018
> Over the course of the next few weeks, a jury in New York will hear the story of a South African crime lord who dealt in guns and gold and the team of former military men he hired to do his dirty work.

Privatized military overdue for change  
The Polytechnic |  02 April 2018
> The privatization of military personnel is a worrying trend. The use of private security companies has not only continued, but thrived. Under its new name—Xe Services, and later Academi—the private security company continued to get work, not only with the US government, but with companies like Monsanto, Chevron, Walt Disney, Deutsche Bank, and Barclays.

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