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"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 ...
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 ...

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.
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. Russians Iranians
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? mercenaries
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 ... mercenaries secret flights

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 ...
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 ... Erik Prince
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 in ... Erik Prince
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. Erik Prince
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. Erik Prince
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 and ... Erik Prince
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 in ... Erik Prince
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 and ... Erik Prince
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. Erik Prince
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 daily ... Erik Prince

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 to ... Erik Prince
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 ...
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.
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.” These ...
He joined the U.S. military and fought in Iraq and Afganistan, earning the nickname “Killmonger” because of the extraordinary number of confirmed kills he racked up. He then joined JSOC as a black ops soldier, before eventually becoming a mercenary. He carries out a heist job with Klaue, stealing a lump ...
It was a fact that Iraq had already used chemical gas in Iran-Iraq war and also in its restive Kurdish region, long ago. But during American invasion and occupation of Iraq, no chemical weapon was observed being launched. And even after war, ... Russian mercenaries are also fighting for Assad's army.
Where else can you find Syrian, Russian, American, Iranian and Turkish troops or advisers squaring off on the ground and in the air — along with pro-Iranian Shiite mercenaries from Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan; pro-United States Kurdish fighters from northern Syria; Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic ...
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.
Where else can you find Syrian, Russian, American, Iranian and Turkish troops or advisers squaring off on the ground and in the air — along with pro-Iranian Shiite mercenaries from Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan; pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters from northern Syria; ISIS remnants; various pro-Saudi ...
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 daily ...
"Pro-regime" forces that attacked a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) headquarters in northeastern Syria -- and were hit in return by U.S. airstrikes -- included Russian mercenaries, according to a Pentagon official. If Russians are among those who were killed, this would mark the first time a U.S. airstrike has ...
This militia disintegrated into rival militias, some of which became mercenaries in the service of the Turkish army in its war against the Kurds in Syria. ... who in turn have adopted parts of the communist and anarchist theory that women have a role in the battles in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State.
You might have heard about the plights of Yezidi tribe, the Iraqi religious and ethnic minority after the Islamic State (ISIS) invaded their areas. Trapped by the ISIS mercenaries, the members of the ethnic group were subjected to mindless cruelties. The wrath of ISIS still continues on the Yezidis. An Iraqi ...
If a single Kurdish state existed, even in Alaska, there would have been an ally for the Kurds in Iraq following their September 25 referendum on independence. Now no one but the Kurds is questioning Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi as he punishes them with embargos, airport closures and unilateral fiats ...
“The good” can also be said to include what didn't happen—dangerous policies that Trump threatened to put in place but ultimately thought better of, such as reinstating torture, stealing Iraq's oil, introducing a blanket terrorist designation for the Muslim Brotherhood, or unleashing a private mercenary army ...
The affiliates – once known as “governorates of the caliphate” – may also offer a safe haven to fighters fleeing Iraq and Syria, officials fear. ... at some point the pool of money is likely to run out … and for those jihadis who are committed but mercenary nonetheless … then the relationship is likely to break.”.
Since then, mercenaries have become “a central element of the Kremlin's geopolitical adventures, whether in Ukraine or, even more clearly, Syria,” says ... the U.S. military contractor that provided tens of thousands of private security guards during the second Iraq War, Utkin has become a key player in his ...
Turkey's president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops mass on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the "terror nests" of Afrin and Manbij. The areas are controlled by the Kurdish People's ...
Mr Rashid said Afrin had "for years now been under a systematic siege posed by mercenary groups supported by the Turkish occupation”. ... While the US military has said it will continue to provide support to the SDF with a focus on securing Syria's border with Iraq, Afrin is cut off from the majority of the ...
The country has deployed Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces and Afghan mercenaries in order to stem the anti-government protests. The authorities have blocked two popular social media apps- Telegram and Instagram, as a security measure. Also, three protesters were reportedly shot dead by the Islamic ...
The country has deployed Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces and Afghan mercenaries in order to stem the anti-government protests. The authorities have blocked two popular social media apps- Telegram and Instagram, as a security measure. Also, three protesters were reportedly shot dead by the Islamic ...
Analyst Matiullah Kharoti said that Iran had used Afghan refugees to fight in its war against Iraq in the 1980s and in its current conflict in the Middle East by offering them incentives. “They are not fighting a sectarian war in the Middle East, but Iran is exploiting their desperation and poverty,” Kharoti told Arab ...
INU -Struan Stevenson, the president of the Brussels Based European Iraqi Freedom Association, said in a statement. “ “It is time the ... They have plundered the Iranian people's resources to finance brutal conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, while they live in supreme luxury themselves. Meanwhile ...
Isaac Chotiner: In the past 15 years, there have been a number of events that have all been analyzed through the prism of a rising Iran—the American invasion of Iraq, the nuclear deal with Iran, the near-victory of Iran's ally Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war. Have you thought of Iran as rising, and has the ...
In other words, the US-led forces planned for their mercenaries to supplant Assad in Damascus. This revelation seems to support the Russian Defence Ministry's claim the US-backed forces in September were facilitating the safe retreat of ISIS fighters out of Iraq and into Syria. “The US-led coalition, which is ...
A SECRETIVE Russian mercenary group are believed to have fought alongside the regular troops in Syria, allowing Moscow to reduce the number of ... Between 1,500 and 2,000 mercenaries, about half the size of Russia's official military contingent in Syria, are thought to have been inside the middle ...
The Kremlin and the Defense Ministry have stonewalled questions about Russians fighting in Syria in a private capacity. Private contractors have been used by countries like the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan for years. Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one. But Russia has ...
Senior SDF members met with Iraqi military leaders and "discussed protecting the Syrian-Iraqi border in the region adjacent to Deir ez-Zor province, and how to finally eradicate Daesh mercenaries there," the SDF said in a statement. "The two sides decided to form a joint coordination center to guarantee ...
The mercenary company rose to prominence after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Blackwater won hundreds of millions of dollars of US government contracts in the wars, but the company became associated with some of the most notorious episodes of the ...
The intelligence and covert action program would mark an unorthodox return to government service for Prince, the onetime CIA contractor who built a mercenary force that became notorious during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would also raise new questions about Prince's foreign entanglements ...
As part of an American effort to promote economic development in Iraq and secure influence in the country after the fight against the Islamic State subsides, the American government has helped broker a deal between Iraq and Olive Group, a private security company, to establish and secure the country's ...
If the confrontations in Syria and Iraq between a broad global coalition and ISIS were the big story of 2017, the big story of 2018 will surely be the ... Syrian army forces funded by Iran and 10,000 pro-Iranian Shiite mercenaries from Afghanistan and Pakistan — to defeat Sunni Syrian rebels and ISIS in the ...
An ISIS convoy prepares for an attack on Iraqi military positions in Nineveh in Northeastern Iraq. (Chris Tomson/AMN) .... According to one estimate, the motley crew of mercenaries was generating profits of more than £320million a year from oil exports, or about 40,000 barrels of crude every single day.


 

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