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Entries in mercenaries (3)


[AM950 Minneapolis] February 15th: What Happens When the U.S. Kills Russian Mercenaries.

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Mattt cNeil on February 14th.  On February 7th and 8th, there was a serious firefight that took place in an oil rich region on Syria. This fact in itself may not generally be terribly significant except for one fact, apparently the combatants were American on one side and the other side were primarily Russian mercenaries. According to reports, the U.S. was using B-52s, AC-130 Gunships and F15s.  As a result of airstrikes and close combat, somewhere between 100 and 300 Russian, Ukrainian and other Southern Republic fighters were killed.  What are the implications.

This is a fascinating story because it highlights the shadowy world of the merc and how and why countries use them.  We will talk that and a lot more.  


[RT Appearance] Wednesday, May 14th: Jack Talks Possible Mercenaries and Greystone in Ukraine


[RT Appearance] Tuesday, May 14th: Jack Talks Mercenaries and Greystone

I'm appearing on Russian Television today to talk mercenaries.  It is always strange when I'm working on a case and I get a call from a phone number in Moscow. The +7 country code is kind of a give away.  Apparently, there is a story rolling around about the use of hired mercenaries by the Ukrainian government in their fight with the Russians.  As you might imagine, this allegation which may be very hard to prove will do nothing but heighten the tensions.

I recall being in Iraq in 2006 when I went into central Baghdad with a bunch of South African mercenaries. These guys were all former special forces and very good at what they did.  However, contemplate what it means when you can roll around a country with complete impunity.  That has always been the problem when they are used. This was probably the truth when George Washington hired the Prussians to fight the Brits 200 years ago. And it has certainly been true over the years.

Greystone is an offshoot of Blackwater or whatever the latest title is.  Xe or Academi or whatever they are called now is denying any connection of any kind and it might truly be the case.  That is always part of the problem with this kind of a story.  Regardless, this should be an interesting conversation.