Daniel Halliday
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Are mercenaries changing the face of warfare?

Arguably mercenaries seem to play a growing role in modern warfare, with countries such a Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Arab Emirate, France, and Iran heavily relying on privately contracted mercenaries in direct combat or training. Mercenaries have also recently been involved in some high profile incidents in conflict zones; French mercenaries were arrested in Tunisia while fleeing Libya, mercenaries from Russia, the US, Canada and Eastern Europe were shipped into Ukraine’s troubled Donbass region, and US mercenaries were involved in a failed embezzlement scheme in Haiti sparking massive protests. Is this a trend that will effect how wars are fought moving forward? And if so what influence could mercenaries have in conflict globally? globalresearch.ca/war-in-ukraine-foreign-mercenaries-arrive-in-donbass-from-us-canada-eu-countries/5551803 theintercept.com/2019/03/20/haiti-president-mercenary-operation brainwavescience.com/industries/national-security/national-security-scenario-analysis/libya-armed-frenchmen-detained-in-tunisia-3-versions-of-events_icognative
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Yes, they are further privatising warfare

Many countries, actively engaged in military situations, have a growing tendency to use military contractors and mercenaries, and there are accusations that many privately hired contractors are covertly linked to governments or intelligence agencies. For example the Russian military contractor Wagner, a company that hires out Russian mercenaries and has been involved in conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, is widely considered to by linked to the Kremlin. Sean McFate, a former US Army Officer and military contractor turned author, argues that such relationships helps governments involved in conflict zones maintain plausible deniability in the information age, better allowing parties to freely engage in disinformation if missions go awry or flout legality. Such trends could have a negative effect moving forward, allowing private interests to use mercenaries to benefit and exploit situations of unrest, meaning war will become less of an end of the line necessity - a means for people to protect their country or way of life, and even more of an industry - where the rich can sponsor a war in order to benefit from unrest or enrich themselves or their countries economy.

theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/russian-mercenaries-wagner-africa/568435 themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/31/7-kremlin-linked-mercenaries-killed-in-mozambique-in-october-sources-a67996 wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/11/15/mercenaries-war-private-military-contractors

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