Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 11:41:45 AM EST
A short answer to respond to an RFQ in another thread would not suffice. The comment grew larger into a diary. Work in progress, so I may expand the article in coming hours.
Mercenaries are from all ages throughout history of human kind. In the time of the Roman Empire, etc. sometimes they are called what they are slaves.
In the past 100 years, the European colonial empires hired mercenaries to continue the rear fight as in Belgian Congo and the wealth of minerals in the province of Katanga
Why did the CIA/West Kill Patrice Lumumba?
Baerbock fighting Russia
I believe Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock meant to say we are fighting alongside fossil fuel empire the US and have postponed the emission limits for a further 5 years. ClimateChange is for the future generation. Boomerang energy costs on industry.
Ukrainians are fighting for our freedom - freedom fighters :-(
The Saudi Islam extremists the King preferred to fight outside, not inside the Kingdom, were trained in the AfPak districts by CIA with approval of president Carter and war criminal Brzezinski of Polish descent. The training camps where the CIA supplied weapons and lethal anti-aircraft Stinger missiles is no secret. The US and the West fought a proxy war against Communist Soviet Republic. Indeed the birth of the scourge of terror by jihadists are at the foundation of American foreign policy. For Brzezinski and Madeleine Albright the "successes" of bloodshed tasted to more success elsewhere.
World In Turmoil: Role of Brzezinski and Albright, Our Democrats | Aug 2, 2014 |
The 40,000 trained jihadists included the leaders of Osama Bin Laden and the Base, or Al Qaeda. As soon as the Taliban took over, the fighters traveled the globe and fought in the Caucasus, Chechnya, SE Asia Indonesia, Malaysia and Mindanao, Southern Philippines. Re: Abu Sayyaf Group. The colour revolutions of 2011 in the MENA countries, the same CIA trained jihadists fought in Sudan, Tunisia, Mali, Libya, Sinai, Syria and even today Chechens fighting pro- and contra-Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine.
Obama Russian Reset: Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike Capability | June 5, 2015 |
Does Capitalism Require Warfare? | by rdf on Jan 29th, 2007 |
Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
Mercenaries and War: Understanding Private Armies Today | Defense News - Dec. 4, 2019 |
A team of about 30 special operations forces was pinned down at a Conoco gas plant. Roughly 20 miles away, a team of Green Berets and a platoon of Marines stared at their computer screens, watching the drone feeds of the battle. Their collective mission was to defend the Conoco facility, alongside Kurdish and Arab forces. No one expected an enemy armored assault.
Attacking them were 500 mercenaries, hired by Russia, who possessed artillery, armored personnel carriers, and T-72 main battle tanks. These were not the cartoonish rabble depicted by Hollywood and Western pundits. This was the Wagner Group, a private military company based in Russia, and like many high-end mercenaries today, they were covert and lethal.
The American commandos radioed for help. Warplanes arrived in waves, including Reaper drones, F-22 stealth fighter jets, F-15E Strike Fighters, B-52 bombers, AC-130 gunships, and AH-64 Apache helicopters. Scores of strikes pummeled the mercenaries, but they did not waver.
Four hours later, the mercenaries finally retreated. Four hours. No Americans were killed, and the Department of Defense (DOD) touted this as a big win. But it wasn't. It took America's most elite troops and advanced aircraft 4 hours to repel 500 mercenaries. What happens when they have to face 1,000? 5,000? More?
Mercenaries are more powerful than experts realize, a grave oversight. Those who assume they are cheap imitations of national armed forces invite disaster because for-profit warriors are a wholly different genus and species of fighter. Private military companies such as the Wagner Group are more like heavily armed multinational corporations than the Marine Corps. Their employees are recruited from different countries, and profitability is everything. Patriotism is unimportant, and sometimes a liability. Unsurprisingly, mercenaries do not fight conventionally, and traditional war strategies used against them may backfire.
Provisional. I still need to do fact-check and find corroborative sources for next article ...
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