Offering the means of war to anyone who can afford it will transform warfare and — if left unchecked — can thrust the world into an era of perpetual fighting and suffering.
UN experts asserted that the Wagner Group, which works closely with police and the CAR army, has been committing systemic human rights and international humanitarian law violations.
French foreign and defence ministers strongly opposed the agreement between Mali’s junta and the Wagner group, a stepping stone for Russian mercenaries to enter the West African country.
National Oil Corporation condemns deployment of Wagner Group, Syrian and Janjaweed mercenaries in oil installations.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said nobody would send any additional advisers or troops or mercenaries from any neighbouring countries to Libya as long as the truce is observed.
Moscow noted the transfer of 540 military contractors in June alone and says the mercenaries are tasked with protecting oil facilities and training militants loyal to the US.
Private military contractors offering armies for hire emerged as a powerful stakeholder in the business of war. Governments can outsource compartmentalised jobs to mercenaries or private security contractors, without much international oversight.
The global market for mercenaries and private military contractors is worth more than $100 billion, and the lines that differentiate the two are blurry.
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