Russian Mercenaries Fight and Die in Botched Operation in Syria

Russian Mercenaries Fight and Die in Botched Operation in Syria

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 128

Russian Su-24M (Source: Andrey Sannikov)

The advance into the oil and natural gas–rich northeastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and supported by Russian bombing sorties has been heralded by the Kremlin as “a very important strategic victory.” The besieged provincial capital of Deir el-Zour was relieved by September 5. Russian sappers built a 210-meter floating bridge over the Euphrates, and pro-al-Assad forces established a bridgehead on the north side of the river in an apparent attempt to capture oil and natural gas fields before they could be occupied by elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF—a militia alliance, including Arab and Kurdish fighters, backed by the United States). SDF fighters, together with US Special Forces moved into Deir el-Zour province following the left (northern) bank of the Euphrates, while pro-al-Assad forces, supported by the Russians, were moving in the same direction following the right (southern) bank of the river. Clearing out the Islamic State (IS) and taking over the entire province of Deir el-Zour is seen in Moscow as an essential step on the way to full victory—restoring the rule of the al-Assad government over the entire country (see EDM, September 28). Continue reading

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Michael Barone: Erik Prince should run for senator — in Michigan

Michael Barone: Erik Prince should run for senator — in Michigan

Former White House aide and former and current head of Breitbart News Steve Bannon has made it no secret that he is trying to defeat Republican senators whom he sees as supporters of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But the way Bannon is going about it suggests that he has something less than perfect political pitch. Continue reading

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Saya Defense Services awarded sub-contract

Saya Defense Services awarded sub-contract

  • Press release

William Wassink, chief executive officer of Saya Defense Services, Inc. of Abilene, announced Oct. 3 that the company has been awarded a sub-contract as part of an Africa Peacekeeping Program multiple award for an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with the U.S. Department of State.

The primary contractor is Triple Canopy, Inc., a Constellis company.

“We are honored to work with Triple Canopy to support the United States government’s commitment to bringing peace and stability to Africa,” Wassink said. Continue reading

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Company Overview of Constellis Group Inc.

October 16, 2017 11:56 PM ET

Company Overview

Constellis Group Inc. provides risk management and operational support services to government and commercial clients worldwide. It offers risk management services, including due diligence and investigative; insight and analysis; risk and security consulting; crisis management, communication, and response; mine action and ordnance clearance; and security system and master planning services. The company also provides mission and enabling support services, such as life and logistics support, operations and maintenance support, contingency operations, and engineering, procurement, and construction; and training services, which comprise curriculum development and education, tactical training, exe…

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Kidnap and Ransom Insurance Industry Business & Investment Opportunity 2017 Market Research Reports

Kidnap and Ransom Insurance Industry Business & Investment Opportunity 2017 Market Research Reports

Kidnap and Ransom Insurance Market 2017 Analysis, Opportunities and Forecast

PUNE, INDIA, October 4, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pune, India, 4th October 2017: WiseGuyReports announced addition of new report, titled “Kidnap and Ransom Insurance in Latin America and Africa”.

Synopsis
Insight Report: Kidnap & Ransom Insurance in Latin America and Africa analyzes the evolution and expansion of kidnap and ransom insurance in Latin America and Africa.

Kidnapping has become a fast-growing threat for noteworthy and wealthy segments of society, as it is a source of substantial amounts of money with relatively little risk. To mitigate the threat and secure the financial sums involved, kidnapping and ransom insurance have become an effective – if not yet fully efficient – solution. Continue reading

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Does Wyoming Deserve Senator Erik Prince?

Does Wyoming Deserve Senator Erik Prince?

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Last week, the New York Times reported that Erik Prince is considering running to represent Wyoming in the United States Senate. If he enters the race, he would be challenging Republican incumbent John Barrasso in the 2018 primaries, with the encouragement of Steve Bannon. Despite his having almost no ties to the state, it would be hubris to say Erik Prince couldn’t win a statewide election in Wyoming. All the reasons he seems like a bad candidate are precisely why he could win.

In case you’re fortunate enough not to know, Prince is a former Navy SEAL, founder and one-time CEO of the notorious military contractor Blackwater (now Academi), a current private equity investor, and the brother of Education Secretary and fellow billionaire Betsy DeVos. Prince is the most successful mercenary of his generation, and a member of one of America’s most powerful families. He’s widely known for his Christian crusader ideals and his shady dealings all over the world. And that’s without even touching on Blackwater’s infamous record in America’s wars.

To say that Prince—recently seen advertising the services of his mercenaries in the same paper that broke this latest news—is something like a “Bond villain” would be to lazily understate his influence. Bond villains operate on the margins of (and often in opposition to) the machinery of empire. Prince sits right at the heart of the American imperium. Continue reading

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Torture in the Naked Public Square

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The “Good” Psychologist, “Good” Torture, and “Good” Reputation—Response to O’Donohue, Snipes, Dalto, Soto, Maragakis, and Im

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Gérer le risque Le Canada et les firmes militaires privées

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William Campbell and the Harrington Privateering in Chilean waters in 1804

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