Heavy Losses Leave Russia Short of Its Goal, U.S. Officials Say

The estimated deaths and injuries are stalling Russia’s progress in eastern Ukraine, military experts say, as fighting intensifies in the south.

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Russia’s Shortfalls Create an Opportunity for Ukraine, Western Officials Say

Severe equipment and manpower problems could slow President Vladimir V. Putin’s mission as the war enters its sixth month.

#defense-and-military-forces, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #wagner-group, #zelensky-volodymyr

A Battlefield From 1777 Yields a Dozen Mercenaries’ Remains

Archaeologists uncovered the remains of 13 Hessian soldiers killed by American forces in the bloody Battle of Red Bank near Philadelphia.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #defense-and-military-forces, #delaware, #delaware-river, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #philadelphia-pa, #red-bank-nj, #revolutionary-war-american-1775-83, #rowan-university, #your-feed-science

Two Americans Fighting for Ukraine Are Missing, Family Says

It wasn’t clear what happened to the two men from Alabama. They were last seen in combat on June 9.

#alabama, #alex-drueke, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

‘From Russia With Love’: A Putin Ally Mines Gold and Plays Favorites in Sudan

Backed by the Kremlin, the shadowy network known as the Wagner Group is getting rich in Sudan while helping the military to crush a democracy movement.

#africa, #center-for-advanced-defense-studies, #hamdan-mohamed-hemeti, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sudan

How Russia’s Wagner Group Is Expanding in Africa

Best known for its mercenaries, the Wagner Group also mines diamonds, spreads disinformation and props up autocrats in an effort to grow Russia’s footprint.

#africa, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #wagner-group

In Mali, a Massacre With a Russian Footprint

Civilian deaths have spiked in Mali since Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group began operating alongside the military. In late March, hundreds were executed in the village of Moura.

#civilian-casualties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #wagner-group

Ukraine Charges 8 Russian Fighters in Killings of Village Mayor and Family

The bodies of the mayor, her husband and her son were found after Russian forces retreated in early April.

#mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Russia Is Sending Mercenaries and Syrians to Ukraine, Western Officials Say

The Kremlin is trying to find enough reinforcements to conduct the next phase of the war, according to military and intelligence officials.

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Western Officials Condemn Reports of ‘Massacre’ by Military in Central Mali

The State Department and the French foreign ministry said they were alarmed at reports of deaths caused by the Malian armed forces and their allies — Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group.

#civilian-casualties, #european-union, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #sahel-africa, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-nations, #wagner-group

Syrian Mercenaries Deploy to Russia en Route to Ukrainian Battlefields

A first contingent has arrived in Russia for military training including members of a Syrian unit that worked with Russian officers in Syria, backing President Bashar al-Assad.

#mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #syria, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

What is the Wagner Group?

The private Russian military force, which has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and has been used in war zones across the world, is expanding its presence in Ukraine.

#mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

More Russian Mercenaries Deploying to Ukraine to Take On Greater Role in War

At least 1,000 fighters from Russia’s Wagner Group are expected to focus on the Kremlin’s goal of seizing eastern Ukraine.

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Russian Mercenaries Covertly Entered Separatist Areas of Ukraine

Two senior European security officials say that the paramilitary fighters are inside the rebel territories of Ukraine to lay the groundwork for war.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donetsk-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #wagner-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

After Coup in Burkina Faso, Protesters Turn to Russia for Help

Fed up with the failure of their government, and France, to stop the violence caused by militants, some citizens now call for Russia to intervene.

#burkina-faso, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #damiba-paul-henri-sandaogo, #france, #kabore-roch-marc-christian, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #russia, #wagner-group

U.S. Seizes a Suspect in Assassination of Haiti’s President

A former Colombian commando is the first to face U.S. prosecution in the killing of Jovenel Moïse, after agents flew him to Miami from Panama.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #ctu-security, #haiti, #justice-department, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #miami-fla, #moise-jovenel-1968, #panama

Qaddafi Son to Run for President in Libya

Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the former heir apparent of the deposed Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, filed his candidacy papers on Sunday for the election expected next month.

#hifter-khalifa, #international-criminal-court, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-seif-al-islam-el, #united-nations, #wagner-group

A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War

The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years.

#al-jazeera, #bancroft-global-development, #central-intelligence-agency, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #michael-goodboe, #mogadishu-somalia, #shabab, #somalia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers Seek to Flee Afghanistan

Former soldiers from Nepal have long served as private security guards in war-torn Afghanistan. Amid the chaos, they worry that they can’t get home.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #gurkhas-ethnic-group, #labor-and-jobs, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #nepal

Murder Mystery: What Were Colombian Military Vets Doing in Haiti?

At least 20 Colombians have been implicated by Haitian officials in the plot to assassinate the president. But their role in the killing, if any, is murky.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #bogota-colombia, #haiti, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #moise-jovenel-1968, #veterans

Haiti Calls U.S. for Troops, After Wild Day of Gunfights and Suspicion

At least 20 people were arrested in the assassination of the Haitian president — 18 Colombians and 2 Americans of Haitian descent — on a day of deepening mystery.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #haiti, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government

Russian Mercenaries Are Driving War Crimes in Africa, U.N. Says

An investigative report says that Russian operatives in the Central African Republic who had been billed as unarmed advisers are actually leading the fighting, including massacres of civilians.

#central-african-republic, #defense-and-military-forces, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #security-council-un, #wagner-group

Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.

The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.

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Why Biden Is Right to Leave Afghanistan

The president should ignore the powerful voices in Washington pushing him to reverse course and not end our longest war.

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Where Did Chad Rebels Prepare for Their Own War? In Libya.

Fighting as mercenaries for years, the rebels were ready to pull off their own stunning feat: an invasion that resulted in the death of Chad’s strongman ruler.

#africa, #chad, #deby-idriss, #defense-and-military-forces, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #wagner-group

As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly

An agonizing choice for nearly 200 people holed up in a hotel as gunmen roamed unchecked: Wait overnight for rescue? Or make a run for it?

#foreign-workers, #international-crisis-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #palma-mozambique, #terrorism

American Soldiers Help Mozambique Battle an Expanding ISIS Affiliate

With a small military training program, the United States military has joined efforts to fight a brutal insurgency that has devastated northern Mozambique.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #mozambique, #tanzania, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wagner-group

Can Libya Put Itself Back Together Again?

There’s a glimmer of hope.

#government-of-national-accord-libya, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-states-international-relations

Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Denies Role in Libya Mercenary Operation

In an interview, the contractor pushed back against a United Nations report accusing him of breaching a decade-old arms embargo on Libya.

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Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says

Mr. Prince offered to supply weapons, drones and mercenaries to a Libyan militia commander seeking to overthrow the government, according to U.N. investigators.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prince-erik-d, #united-arab-emirates, #united-nations

Horrified by the Blackwater Pardons

The F.B.I. agent who led the Blackwater investigation and two other letter writers are appalled by the pardon of men who killed innocent civilians.

#blackwater-worldwide, #iraq, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #trump-donald-j

Blackwater’s Bullets Scarred Iraqis. Trump’s Pardon Renewed the Pain.

Iraqi witnesses against Blackwater guards were promised justice after a mass killing in Baghdad in 2007. ‘Today,’ one said, the bullets still in his leg, ‘they proved to me it was just theater.’

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Russian Attack Jets Back Mercenaries Fighting in Libya

An American military official said the warplanes were conducting combat missions in support of Kremlin-backed private security forces, and extending Moscow’s influence in Africa.

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Waves of Russian and Emirati Flights Fuel Libyan War, U.N. Finds

A confidential report sent to the Security Council details extensive breaches of the international arms embargo on Libya by eight countries since the beginning of the year.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-nations, #wagner-group

Libyan Rivals Call for Peace Talks. It May Be Wishful Thinking.

The announcement of a cease-fire was a rare positive development in a chaotic conflict plagued by foreign meddling. But skeptics abound.

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The Next Global Flash Point

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the West has retreated. That leaves Turkey and Russia to fill the vacuum.

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Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He’s Ready for Talks to End War

Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

#benghazi-libya, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #military-aircraft, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-nations

Russian-Backed Libyan Commander Retreats From Tripoli

Belligerents on all sides of the Libyan conflict, including Turkey, Russia and the U.A.E., are preparing for a new stage after a pullback by the forces of the commander, Khalifa Hifter.

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U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya

The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon’s concern about Moscow’s growing influence in the country’s sprawling war.

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By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

A short-lived mission uncovered by U.N. investigators offers a glimpse into the world of those who have thrived off Libya’s chaos.

#benghazi-libya, #blackwater-worldwide, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prince-erik-d, #russia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wagner-group

Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job

Stephen Feinberg, who backed the president’s campaign, is said to be in talks for a top post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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The White House Blessed a War in Libya, but Russia Won It

Russia wanted more leverage over an aspiring Libyan strongman. The White House provided it by assenting to a disastrous civil war.

#bolton-john-r, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-states-international-relations, #wagner-group