Expatriates in the line of fire

The killing of two Indian security guards by a Taliban suicide bomber during a recent attack on the Kabul airport, coupled with the successful evacuation from the line of fire of 40 nurses from Kerala, who were employed at a hospital in Tikrit in Iraq, highlights the growing entrapment of Indians in war zones abroad. Anxiety continues to mount regarding the fate of 39 young men from Punjab who were taken captive near Mosul, following clashes between Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadis and Iraqi security forces. In both cases Indians have become inadvertent victims of major geopolitical conflicts that are being fought under the cover of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) coupled with the doctrine of “regime change”.

In the case of Afghanistan, the guards, both from Kerala, were employed by the private security firm DynCorp International, highlighting how Indians had been channelled into the controversial policy adopted by the United States to outsource military duties to “security contractors,” not all of whom are above board. Continue reading

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Aid vacuum looms in Kenya

Aid vacuum looms in Kenya


Continuing violence in the Horn of Africa may force a substantial withdrawal of humanitarian operations from Kenya, just as an imminent famine threatens millions in the north of the country, and neighbouring South Sudan, So warns the risk and security advisory consultancy, Edinburgh International. Continue reading

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The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Posted By WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US) on Oct 29, 2014

After a trial that for some reason lasted seven years, last week a jury convicted four former Blackwater mercenaries of murdering 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a firefight on September 16, 2007 aka/ Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Christian Merville writes that despite the convictions – which will inevitably be appealed, the privatization of warfare is precisely what President Obama depends on. After all, Merville says, Obama has promised not to send troops, but hasn’t breathed a word about sending ‘civilians.’

For the L’Orient Le Jour, Christian Merville begins with last week’s long-delayed Blackwater trial:

Need an army to wage war in your place? Here’s a contact: Constellis Holdings. If that name means nothing to you, try Academi (until 2011), Xe Services (created 2009), and finally Blackwater Worldwide at the time this sinister notoriety of the firm was founded by Erik Prince in 1997. Continue reading

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Constellis Group Welcomes New SVP of Special Activities Phil Reilly

Former CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer to Lead Constellis Group’s Special Activities Division

RESTON, Va., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Constellis Group, Inc., a leading provider of security, support, training and advisory services to governments, multinational corporations and international organizations, is proud to announce that Phil Reilly has joined the company as the Senior Vice President of Special Activities.

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Mercenaries from Kazakhstan still being recruited to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine

Kazakh mercenaries are still being recruited to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine despite the criminal responsibility, the Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan stated on Thursday.

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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Defense Base Act

SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify contractor and subcontractor responsibilities to obtain workers’ compensation insurance or to qualify as a self-insurer, and other requirements, under the terms of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) as extended by the Defense Base Act (DBA).

EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective: July 1, 2014.

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Frontier Services Group Limited – Next Day Disclosure Return

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*S&P Revises Outlook On DynCorp Intl To Neg; Affirms ‘B’ Rtg

30 Oct 2014 13:04 ET Press Release: S&P Revises Outlook On DynCorp Intl To Neg; Affirms ‘B’ Rtg


The following is a press release from Standard & Poor's: 
     -- McLean, Va.-based military contractor DynCorp International Inc. (DI) 
is seeking covenant relief from its lenders on its secured credit facility in 
exchange for a 20% pro rata reduction to its existing $181 million revolver. 
     -- As a result, we are affirming our 'B' corporate credit rating and 
revising the rating outlook to negative. Continue reading 
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Erik Prince Decries “Ambulence Chasing Lawyers” In Blackwater Lawsuit

Erik Prince Decries “Ambulence Chasing Lawyers” In Blackwater Lawsuit

Wednesday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince came on the program with Alan to discuss whether private forces should be the ones taking on ISIS instead of the military. Prince, author of Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and The Unsung Heroes Of The War On Terror, and Alan got into a heated discussion when Alan asked him about a lawsuit brought on by two former Blackwater employees who accused Prince of starting an anti-Muslim crusade. Read what happened below: Continue reading

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Mercenaries and America’s Defense

Regarding Linda Robinson’s review of Ann Hagedorn‘s “The Invisible Soldiers” (Bookshelf, Oct. 23): Ronald Reagan would never have countenanced an Army whose allegiance was split between Wall Street and the flag. And he wouldn’t have been so naive to hold, as Linda Robinson does in her review, that such a division of allegiance was anything less than the result of a plot.

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