The British defence ministry says the move shows Russian forces are under pressure and that the mercenaries are unlikely to make up for the loss of regular infantry units.
The late monarch’s shadow looms as Oman prepares to navigate the uncertainties of the post-Qaboos era.
The body of former MI6 officer Le Mesurier, 48, was found dead in the street in Beyoglu district of Istanbul in the early hours of Monday by passersby who were going to the mosque for the morning prayer.
The UK's annual report on human rights and democracy is a reminder that Britain's leadership pursues profit over principle.
Relations between London and Moscow have crashed to a post-Cold War low after an attack on an ex-Russian spy, the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two.
Prime Minister Theresa May said it is "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russia called May's statement a "circus show."
Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, was convicted in Russia of treason in 2006 but exchanged as part of a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010.
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