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Syria war: Russians killed in militant raid in Deir al-Zour  
BBC |  27 May 2018
> Officially Russia has lost about 90 personnel in the Syrian civil war. Scores of military contractors have also died since Moscow began its intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015.

Four Russian servicemen killed in militant shelling in eastern Syria  
Press TV |  27 May 2018
> The Russian Defense Ministry says four of its servicemen have lost their lives after foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants launched an attack against an artillery battery of the Syrian army in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

With little oversight, private security industry booms as public complaints rise  
The Star Edmonton |  27 May 2018
> There were 6,000 licensed security guards and security companies in the province in 2007, in addition to 3,300 other people licensed under the act. There are now over 24,100 licensed security services workers in Alberta. The province updated the 40-year-old Private Investigators and Security Guards Act in 2010. Under the Security Services and Investigators Act, loss prevention, security alarm responder, executive protection, and patrol dog handler fall under security services, in addition to security guards.

Security beefed up during Ramazan  
The Express Tribune |  27 May 2018
> According to a police spokesperson, more than 12,000 personnel were deployed outside mosques, important markets, bazaars and all sensitive public and private buildings during Ramazan. He said administrations of mosques had been asked to set up walkthrough gates, use metal detectors, CCTV cameras and four to five private security guards.

Syria war: Russians killed in militant raid in Deir al-Zour  
BBC |  27 May 2018
> Officially Russia has lost about 90 personnel in the Syrian civil war. Scores of military contractors have also died since Moscow began its intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015.

Four Russian servicemen killed in militant shelling in eastern Syria  
Press TV |  27 May 2018
> The Russian Defense Ministry says four of its servicemen have lost their lives after foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants launched an attack against an artillery battery of the Syrian army in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

With little oversight, private security industry booms as public complaints rise  
The Star Edmonton |  27 May 2018
> There were 6,000 licensed security guards and security companies in the province in 2007, in addition to 3,300 other people licensed under the act. There are now over 24,100 licensed security services workers in Alberta. The province updated the 40-year-old Private Investigators and Security Guards Act in 2010. Under the Security Services and Investigators Act, loss prevention, security alarm responder, executive protection, and patrol dog handler fall under security services, in addition to security guards.

Security beefed up during Ramazan  
The Express Tribune |  27 May 2018
> According to a police spokesperson, more than 12,000 personnel were deployed outside mosques, important markets, bazaars and all sensitive public and private buildings during Ramazan. He said administrations of mosques had been asked to set up walkthrough gates, use metal detectors, CCTV cameras and four to five private security guards.

About 40 US soldiers held off hundreds of Russian mercenaries in a brutal firefight in Syria  
Business Insider |  25 May 2018
> Roughly 40 US commandos held off about 500 forces loyal to the Syrian government and President Bashar Assad — including Russian mercenaries — in an intense firefight in early February, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing interviews and newly obtained documents.

Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the Sahel  
Middle East Eye |  24 May 2018
> Unable to set up permanent bases in Africa, the US army's African command, Africom, is headquartered in Germany and is now reliant on private companies for a range of services - intelligence, transport, logistics, medical evacuation, and sometimes more combat-focused missions.

How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria  
The New York Times |  24 May 2018
> The artillery barrage was so intense that the American commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling. It was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in February by around 500 pro-Syrian government forces — including Russian mercenaries — that threatened to inflame already-simmering tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Group laments killings, sacking of communities in Nasarawa by mercenaries  
Vanguard |  20 May 2018
> A group has lamented the killings of scores in a fresh attack on Egbura communities in Umaisha, the headquarters of Opanda chiefdom in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. The unknown gunmen alleged to be Bassa mercenaries were said to have razed several houses in a coordinated attack on the Egbura communities.

Nigeria: Government Outlaws Private Security Guards Aboard Vessels  
All Africa |  18 May 2018
> Notwithstanding the spate of pirate attacks on its territorial waters, the Federal Government has declared that the Nigerian Constitution forbids the use of armed private guards on board vessels. The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who made this known at the 3th edition of Lagos International Maritime Week in Lagos, called on maritime stakeholders to develop a strategy to deal with the challenges within the permissible scope of security agencies to improve maritime security

Criminal Justice Expert Warns Private Security Officers Against Impersonation  
Front Page Africa |  16 May 2018
> Several officers of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) have been cautioned to avoid presenting themselves as state security. Marc Kollie, coordinator of Criminal Justice at Zion University, says it is unimaginable and criminal for private security officers “Misrepresenting yourselves as police officers. He spoke at the 12th anniversary of SEGAL in Bong County, where officers and managerial staff of the firm gathered to brainstorm ideas and way forward in making the firm effective.

‘31 killed in ongoing Nasarawa communities ethnic crisis’  
Vanguard |  16 May 2018
> No fewer than 31 persons have lost their lives in the ongoing ethnic crisis between Bassa and Egbura communities in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. It was also gathered that several others were injured with many displaced as a result of sustained attacks which has lasted for over two weeks.

Botanic Garden security guards get new uniforms  
The Times of India |  13 May 2018
> The Indian Botanic Garden (IBG) administration has finally got their security guards – hired from a private agency – to shun their military uniforms. TOIhad reported on April 10 how the security guards wore combat uniforms with the crossed swords emblem and Indian Army printed on the fabric, prompting many visitors to believe that they were soldiers. Some even had their trousers tucked into boots in military style as they strutted around in a non-military gait or slouched on chairs.

Yemeni forces fire missiles at 'economic targets' in Saudi capital  
PressTV |  09 May 2018
> A Yemeni military source said Yemeni forces carried out an ambush on the Saudi mercenaries in the region’s al-Amoud military base on Wednesday, killing and injuring scores of them.

Behind Erik Prince’s China venture  
The Washington Post |  04 May 2018
> Beijing’s International Security Defense College, which boasts of becoming “the largest private security training school in China,” sits behind a 45-foot-high exterior wall and a barricade. Inside the compound, trainers with police and military experience teach classes on tackling detainees, handling hostage situations and thwarting terrorist attacks.

Kolkata Metro Railway to hire private security after assault on couple  
Financial Express |  04 May 2018
> The Metro Railway authority is planning to hire private security personnel and install more CCTV cameras in its underground railway stations following the moral policing incident, a Metro railway spokesperson here said.

Private security guards on Metro radar  
The Times of India |  04 May 2018
> To bolster security along its network, particularly at stations, Metro Railway is planning to hire personnel from private security agencies. If this happens, Kolkata Metro will be the first railway zone in the country to hire private security guards.

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