updated Wed. November 29, 2023
April 24, 2018
“Incidentally,” Waters adds, “this is the same kind of commercial drone used by the Iraqi Federal Police, who also weaponised it.” Russian mercenaries appear to be working in the Central African Republic, and may have been doing so since at least late January, the folks at the Conflict Intelligence TeamÃâÃÂ ...
The Real News Network
April 21, 2018
Yet even more scandalous, according to the Wall Street Journal, the prominent mercenary leader Erik Prince, who is notorious for atrocities in Iraq, has ... In fact, he helped put together an 800-member mercenary force that has been fighting in Yemen unsuccessfully, and includes mercenaries from otherÃâÃÂ ...
April 14, 2018
The US military is using more than 5,500 contractors in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon revealed in a quarterly ... role, some experts say contractors face many of the same dangers as the US troops and Syrian forces who battled Russian mercenaries in February.
New York Times
April 12, 2018
And American troops have crossed paths with Russian mercenaries and Iranian-backed militias, including a pitched battle in February and on the Iraqi border last spring. And in June, a United States military jet shot down a Syrian warplane that was trying to bomb American-backed fighters on the ground.
April 11, 2018
The Defence Minister has not been reading the international media, he's not been listening to radio, he doesn't know that when the US army talks about contractors, sometimes they're talking about mercenaries. Has he never heard about Blackwater in Iraq? Blackwater, he hasn't heard the Blackwater?
April 6, 2018
Russian mercenaries travel to Syria on secretive flights out of a public airport in Rostov, a city north of Moscow, according to a Reuters investigation. .... Of these 84 aircraft, at least 40 have since been used in Iran, Syria and Iraq, according to data from three flight-tracking websites, which show the routesÃâÃÂ ...
April 5, 2018
Erik Prince is a powerful man who has spent much of his influential career behind the scenes. It wasn't until revelations about his private armed forces company, Blackwater, began to surface during the US war in Iraq that his name gained notoriety. Today, Prince has a new reason for public scrutiny:ÃâÃÂ ...
The Daily Dot
April 2, 2018
His mercenary company Blackwater was directly responsible for some of the most inhumane moments of the Iraq conflict, and since then, his life's work ... And before officially agreeing to build the private army, Prince had also put together a band of South African mercenaries to fight Somali pirates with theÃâÃÂ ...
March 11, 2018
With US troops involved only in an advisory capacity, rather than having serious boots on the ground, Soleimani seized the opportunity to gain a foothold in Iraq. With the Quds Force and its proxy Hezbollah, fighting alongside other Iranian-backed foreign mercenaries, they became heavily involved inÃâÃÂ ...
International Policy Digest
March 8, 2018
ISIS catapulted the conflict to a global issue when it expanded the war beyond the borders of Syria invading Iraq and nearly routing the Iraqi Army. With the ... The February 7 engagement between U.S. and SDF forces against Pro-Assad forces and Russian mercenaries is a clear warning of things to come.
Task & Purpose
March 2, 2018
My own guess is that the people who should be most worried are American mercenaries (AKA “private military contractors”) working for the CIA in the Middle East. They would be the prime targets in a response intended to send such a message. Might be in Syria, but also could be in Iraq or Yemen.
February 28, 2018
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday the United States needs to be “alert” about Russia using mercenaries to hide its ... to Syrian President Bashar Assad and U.S.-backed forces have been converging to eliminate Syria's last remaining pockets of Islamic State in Iraq andÃâÃÂ ...
February 23, 2018
Russian mercenaries are reported to be in the thick of the fighting in Syria, helping President Bashar al-Assad's forces. One shadowy group in particular, called ... Their role has been compared to that of US military contractors in Iraq, who were deployed on a large scale. The US suffered heavy casualties inÃâÃÂ ...
Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2018
Russia's shadowy world of military contractors: independent mercenaries, or working for the Kremlin? .... In addition, the Fontanka investigation and other Russian researchers have found evidence that the mercenary groups have a "boot camp" in Russia's southern Krasnodar region at a facility owned andÃâÃÂ ...
February 16, 2018
According to a RAND study based on satellite imagery in Syria and Iraq, urban infrastructure, agriculture, electricity suffered greatly under ISIS and some ... almost three years since ISIS fighters swept into the city [Ramadi, Iraq] in the blur of a sandstorm, and two years since Iraqi forces swept them back out.
February 14, 2018
Russian forces are supporting the Syrian government in its war with opposition groups, some of which are backed by the United States. Elements of both sides are fighting the last remnants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria, and U.S. and Russian military officials maintain dailyÃâÃÂ ...
February 13, 2018
More than 100 Russian mercenaries reportedly died when trying to attack a US-backed Kurdish position after US personnel called in airstrikes. The attackers ... The US employed mercenaries during its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their deaths were not reported in official counts. The US continues toÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
According to Dillon, the remnants of ISIS in eastern Syria are presently concentrated mainly east of the Euphrates closer to the Syria-Iraq border, though ... which the United States put on full display in February 2018 to beat back a combined force of Kremlin-linked Russian mercenaries and Assad-alignedÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
Similarly, in Syria, mercenaries enable the Kremlin to downplay Russia's involvement, as well as its losses, which many observers predicted would be staggeringly high. Putin doesn't want to be accused of repeating the disastrous Afghan War of 1979-1989, which contributed to the Soviet Union's collapse.
New York Magazine
December 31, 1999
In the other letter, Mary K. Waters, the assistant secretary of State for legislative affairs, argues that the U.S. has the right to use force in Iraq by the consent of the Iraqi government, whereas in Syria, it is acting “in the collective self-defense of Iraq (and other States) and in U.S. national self-defense.” TheseÃâÃÂ ...