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The private-security industry is booming in Mexico — and it's leading to more corruption and violence  
The Business Insider|  29 March 2018
> Rapid growth in private, unregulated security companies in Mexico has contributed to corruption, human rights abuses and excessive use of force, a report found on Tuesday, as the country suffers record levels of violence.

Russia is trying to limit its casualties in Syria. Here’s why that is bad for Syrian civilians  
The Washington Post|  28 March 2018
> Russia has more than 4,000 troops based in Syria yet has lost fewer than 50 (excluding private military contractors). Russia has so successfully avoided war casualties that the world was shocked by the news of several hundred Russian mercenaries killed, with the Kremlin scrambling to deny their very existence.

Mexico private security boom adds to corruption, use of force: study  
Reuters|  27 March 2018
> Rapid growth in private, unregulated security companies in Mexico has contributed to corruption, human rights abuses and excessive use of force, a report found on Tuesday, as the country suffers record levels of violence.

Fewer Russian Mercenaries Entering Syria Since Airstrike: Mattis  
Military.com|  27 March 2018
> Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday said the U.S. has seen operations from Russian-affiliated forces in eastern Syria scaled back after U.S. fighter jets fired on hundreds of alleged Russian mercenaries who fought with U.S.-backed forces in early February.

Private Military and Security Companies: An Interview with Christopher Spearin  
Oxford Research Group|  26 March 2018
> Defence and security expert Christopher Spearin discusses the use of private military and security companies by states and the implications of this trend for international security.

Defining Remote Warfare: The Rise of the Private Military and Security Industry  
Oxford Research Group |  26 March 2018
> The popular debate on the use of contractors in war has revolved around the fear that states could contract out war fighting to armed contractors in an effort to minimize political and operational risks. While contractors have outnumbered uniformed service personnel in Western military operations since the late 1990s, most of these contractors are not operating on the tip of the spear, i.e. are not providing core combat military functions.

Wagner Group: The mercenaries serving Putin in Syria  
The Straits Times|  22 March 2018
> The deaths of several members of the so-called "Wagner Group" in Syria last month shone a light on Russian President Vladimir Putin's mysterious private army Moscow is using there.

Top Russian and US generals discuss Syria  
CNN|  21 March 2018
> A US military official told CNN that Russian private military contractors remain in the area and are using local pro-regime troops to scout coalition positions. US officials previously told CNN that Russian private military contractors participated in a pro-regime attack against a US advisers and their local Syrian allies last month, an attack that brought about retaliatory US artillery and airstrikes that killed over 100 enemy fighters.

China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road  
The Diplomat|  20 March 2018
> At present, China’s private security companies are evolving from local security enterprises operating at the municipal level in China to international companies able to maneuver abroad in high-risk areas. Although this evolutionary process is developing at a fast pace, the Chinese market for force along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is quite different from the market that emerged during the Iraq and Afghan conflicts.

Inside Jordan's special forces training center  
Business Insider Nordic|  19 March 2018
> KASOTC is the project of Jordan's King Abdullah II, a graduate of Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the former commander of Jordan's Special Forces. The king recognized the importance of special operations and counter-terrorism in the 21st Century, particularly in the Middle East, and wanted Jordan to be a leader in these types of warfare. Built by a US company on land donated by King Abdullah, KASOTC is handled by the Jordanian armed forces and private security companies.

Russia’s shadow armies: Soldiers, mercenaries or volunteers?  
WUNC|  18 March 2018
> In Ukraine, the Kremlin has denied — repeatedly — the presence of Russian armed forces. The war is cast as an internal conflict between a fascist Ukrainian government in Kiev and Russian-speaking separatists in the country’s east. Yet the Kremlin sides with the separatists politically while tacitly endorsing incursions by patriotic Russian “volunteers” to aid the separatists militarily.

Three dead in Kabul suicide bomb intended to strike security firm G4S  
The Telegraph|  17 March 2018
> A Taliban car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent attack on a British contractor company that came despite a further tightening in security across the city, officials said.

US troops in Syria prepare for more Russian attacks after crushing up to 300 mercenaries in February battle  
Business Insider|  16 March 2018
> US troops in Syria are digging in and preparing for future attacks after a massive battle played out in the country's east that ended with up to 300 Russian mercenaries killed by US artillery and airpower.

Personal security may be a new sunrise sector, but scale and execution are critical  
The Economic Times|  16 March 2018
> According to industry data ET gathered after speaking to consultants, the Indian personal security market was estimated at Rs 57,000 crore in 2016, and is likely to touch Rs 99,000 crore by 2020. It’s also expected to be one of the largest job generators in the country.

Yemeni snipers kill 14 Saudi mercenaries in retaliatory attacks  
Press TV|  14 March 2018
> Yemeni army soldiers, supported by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead more than a dozen pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Asir.

Rs 1 lakh compensation to military contractor whose house was raided by army in 2011  
Hindustan Times|  10 March 2018
> The Gauhati high court has granted compensation of Rs 1 lakh to a private military contractor whose house was raided by an army intelligence team in what is known in army circles as the ‘Jorhat Dacoity’ case of 2011, in a first of its kind order on breach of right to privacy and late night searches by army forces in an area under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA ).

The quiet quadrupling of Canada’s private security sector  
Vice News|  02 March 2018
> Canada’s government isn’t sure how many private guards are providing security nationwide, or how much public money is being spent on their services, as criminologists urge authorities to improve monitoring of the increasingly powerful private security industry.

Russia is reportedly looking for more mercenaries after reports that hundreds died in a clash with the US  
Business Insider|  01 March 2018
> After a massive battle that multiple reports cite as resulting in hundreds of dead Russian military contractors, Russian job listing websites are reportedly offering more high-paid work in the "security" field.

Security Industry Council spells out guidelines for private security industry  
The Straits Times|  01 March 2018
> From next year, security agencies may not take up contracts that do not include clauses that deal with disputes and prompt payment, and a clause that allows for termination of contract by either the security service provider or buyer.

Russian mercenaries in Syria, Putin's secret army  
France24|  01 March 2018
> On February 7, in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, the US army bombed fighters who were advancing towards oil installations held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed rebel coalition. Shortly afterwards, the Pentagon said these fighters could be "Russian mercenaries". Moscow is trying to cover up the real death toll from this incident and the role of the private military contractor Wagner, which sends mercenaries to Syria.

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