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Using Mercenaries Is a Dangerous Development
Libya: Gaddafi forces claim to have captured British 'mercenaries' ... A spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi has claimed that 17 "mercenaries," including what he called French and British "technical experts" had been captured in the Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid in Libya. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: The Arab Spring has swept away dictators like Muammar Gaddafi – of this there is no doubt!
Free-Market Analysis: In this article excerpt above, we find yet more evidence that NATO and the West – especially the Anglosphere – has been hiding behind local fighters while organizing the campaign against Gaddafi. This might explain the taking of Tripoli and the general difficulties that Gaddafi has experienced in holding out against a disorganized and ineffective "rebel" fighting force.
Muammar Gaddafi and his (now) rump government, ensconced in a few towns along the Northern rim of Libya, have often claimed that Western military forces have far over-reached their UN mandate (whatever it once was); it is likely they have. It makes sense such forces would be mercenary, as that provides NATO with arms'-length deniability.
With many other publications, we've reported in the past on a NATO ground presence in Libya. This almost has to be so as it is impossible to target bombs accurately without some knowledge of on-the-ground activity. In an embarrassing episode several months ago, British soldiers were arrested by Gaddafi's troops inside the country before the tide of the war had seemingly turned against him.
The use of mercenaries has been rising dramatically in the 21st Century. America is the muscle behind NATO, but US forces are part of an all-volunteer army that is likely not up to the task of prosecuting what may now be five separate wars in the Middle East and Africa while sustaining up to 1,000 military and spying bases around the world.
The military industrial complex of the US is feeling the strain and thus mercenaries are a good, if temporary, solution. The trouble with mercenaries is that they are not very controllable and their paymasters may have a different agenda from the country or countries they are fighting for. According to Telegraph reports, the soldiers recently captured were mercenaries, though not from the US.
"A group was captured in Bani Walid consisting of 17 mercenaries. They are technical experts and they include consultative officers," Moussa Ibrahim told Syrian-based Arrai TV. "Most of them are French, one of them is from an Asian country that has not been identified, two English people and one Qatari," he added.
He said the 17 would be shown on television at a later time, but did not give more details. It was not immediately possible to verify the claims. The French foreign ministry said it had no information regarding the report. NATO, French and British officials had on Saturday denied a report by Arrai TV that some NATO troops had been captured by Gaddafi loyalists.
Western special forces are known to have been in Libya and to have liaised with anti-Gaddafi officials during the conflict. Private security firms have also been helping anti-Gaddafi forces, according to Western media reports.
Special mercenary forces seem to be needed in Libya because of the incompetence of the so-called rebels that are fighting against Gaddafi. There is some suspicion that special mercenary forces may have played a significant role in the surprising fall of Tripoli.
Whenever rebel forces try to do something on their own, the results often seem ineffective. Recent attacks on Gaddafi strongholds in Bani Walid and Sirte have ended in chaotic failure, with rebel forces retreating in disarray. In the aftermath came finger pointing. The rebels are anything but a united group.
NTC fighters said they had planned for tanks and pickup trucks with anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers to lead Sunday's attack, but foot soldiers had piled in first. "There is a lack of organisation so far. Infantry men are running in all directions," said Zakaria Tuham, a senior fighter with a Tripoli-based unit.
NATO planes are apparently bombing both Bani Walid and Sirte. It is not easy to see a way out for Gaddafi. The same confluence of forces that removed him from Tripoli are at work again. This may include an effective mercenary presence.
The use of mercenaries, however effective, may be seen as disturbing within the larger perspective of the war's prosecution. Like other current wars in Iraq, Somalia and Yemen, the Libyan war has proceeded in an irregular way and without the full endorsement of Western citizens. The use of mercenaries is a further indication of how far these wars are from being in any sense "lawful" or fully backed by the countries in whose name they are being fought.
Supposedly, the action in Libya was taken to protect citizens from Gaddafi's own depredations. But at least 30,000-50,000 lives have been lost in the fighting, according to recent estimates. The violence has escalated significantly since NATO began "protecting" Libya from its leader.
If the action against Gaddafi was lawfully questionable, the use of mercenaries is more so. Not only is the war itself of doubtful legality, its progress is being supported by forces that apparently share no direct leadership with the rebels who are supposedly doing the fighting. The war, then, is being prosecuted in ways that are not legal and by mysterious military forces whose presence is not explainable.
Great empires often turn to mercenaries to fulfill their military needs. But mercenaries are a sign of weakness, not strength. Their presence indicates that those prosecuting a war do not have the resources to do so legitimately. It means the citizens in whose name the war is being fought are not sufficiently involved in the matter to support it.
It also means that the elites running the war are using extra-curricular means to prosecute it – and these methodologies may eventually be seen as questionable or even abusive. The rebels doing the high-profile fighting are said to have ties to the very jihadists that Western governments have supposedly spent trillions trying to eradicate. And the rebels themselves have issued statements that could be deemed hostile to the Western interests that have supported this war.
As a result, there have been reports that NATO and mercenary troops are actively visiting atrocities on Libyan civilians in order to blame them on the rebels – thus using the threat of international justice to blackmail rebel leaders into going along with Western agendas.
None of this can be confirmed, of course. But Western and NATO behavior has been so questionable in Libya, so far out-of-bounds, in fact, and the apparent use of mercenaries so obvious that it is easy for many who dislike these military actions to attribute any manner of deceit to Western leaders and their apparent secret forces.
The use of mercenaries has occurred not just in Libya but extensively in Iraq and likely in Afghanistan as well. It is yet another unfortunate ramification of America's and NATO's military over-reach in an era wherein the West has suddenly, once again, begun to sponsor overt warfare throughout the world.
Such mercenary power truly makes government unaccountable to the people it is supposed to serve. And the use of mercenaries gives rise to bigger questions as well. If these mysterious troops can be used in foreign wars, what stops those who are funding them from using such shadowy forces to enforce unpopular agendas at home?
Conclusion: The use of such forces raises uncomfortable questions; unfortunately, Western mainstream media, and American media in particular, have not reported on this growing trend or the evident danger it represents.
Posted by maxe on 09/25/11 12:36 PM
History shows Churchhill was a great man, history will show Gaddafi as a terrorist scumbag. BTW, we are still waiting for the video of the alleged "mercenaries" that Moussa Ibrahim claims as fact. I wouldn't hold my breath!
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Why not? Take a deep one and hold it.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/21/11 02:47 PM
Losing Afghanistan, Losing Central Asia.
Obama is now asking Congress for a waiver on Uzbekitsan's human rights record - arguably the worst in the world - in order to restart military supplies to President Karimov of Uzbekistan. Even Bush stopped these, after the 2005 Andijan massacre of at least 800 civilian demonstrators.
America's increasing fawning to Karimov is yet more evidence of that. The reason America is now so desperate for his favour is that, as they leave defeated, taking Karzai with them, they have to get out millions of tonnes of vehicles and military equipment, which has to pass overland. They have lost this war so absolutely that they no longer have possession of the ground they started with. They cannot get out the way they went in, through Pakistan, as they would be attacked in the Bolan and Khyber passes, and along the entire route. So they have to leave through Uzbekistan. The Americans will do anything for Karimov, just as long as they get permission to slink out through his country. I hope as they go they look into the faces of the people whose continued enslavement buys their permission.
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Dominant social theme: "You are terrorist sympathisers, I understand that, you will believe anything if it suits your cause/s. You most likely spend your days watching crap on RT and shaking your head at people who refuse to listen to your conspiracy stories."
Free market analysis:Mercenaries are OK. US citizen who askin for his constitutional rights can be marked as terrorists. Now France and Britain are twisting hot potato in hands about mercenaries in Libya. Actually it was Adolf Hitler in 1920 who in his political program called for confiscation of war profit and for abolishion of mercenary army.
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The real story of the New Right; the information you won't hear in mainstream media. Audio from the documentary King of America.
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"You are terrorist sympathisers, I understand that."
In reallity, NSDAP was founded by rich and aristocrat Germans concentrated in Thule Society. In German revolution 1919, when was overthrown rulling clan of Bavaria, few Thule Society memebers, including leader had been executed. Key person of Thule was baron Rudolf von Sebbotendorf. Thule founded DAP as answer on revolution 1919 and against socialist antiwar movement since 1913 led by jews Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. In march 1917 there was article in the New York Times: 10,000 Jews Loudly Celebrated Revolution in Garden. March 1917 have nothing to do with october's so called bolshevick revolution. You can read: "House of Rockefeller will fell as did house of Romanoff."
Bavarian Soviet Republic of 1919 had nothing to do with bolsheviks and they even planed attack Switzerland for their involvement in war.
In connection with Reichstag fire was first arrested man named Sefik Husnu. It is believed that Sefik Husnu was Rudolf von Sebbotendorf founder of NSDAP who in this time lived in Turkey where was citizen. He was freemason of course. In 1945 Sebottendorf comited suicide jump to Bospor from bridge. Similar to suicide banker Licio Geli from Propaganda2 in London. But of set this Reichstag fire had been accused communists. Those commies who oposed plans of banking cartel and IG Farben. Dolfi Hitla was scared from freemasons and Thule Society so after took control in Germany NSDAP forbids both.
When war exploded in 1939, ignited by Roosevelt, IG Farben, NSDAP, Federal Reserve and Prescott Bush had been afraid of organized antiwar movement by jews, so they tried to transfer them out of Europe. First was Kenya then Madagaskar(Edwin Black: The Transfer Agreement). Finally they ended up in concentration camps as slave labor starved by lack of food supply, vitamin C and epidemic viruses.
On this tragic example we see where it leads. It starts crossing plans of elite, then to be accused of terrorism, as was Reichstag Fire, and ends up by confiscation of property and dying in concentration camps.
Am relly scared that the same forces will always find enough servants who will enjoy to treat another human beings as cattle.
"Shaking your head at people who refuse to listen to your conspiracy stories."
Main theme of this days is: Learn history before repeats on you. Nobody wants to be on wrong side of the line. The best prevention is to not create any lines.
Here is some conspiracy theory:OPERATION GLADIO.
When on the morning of 17 June 1982, the body of Roberto Calvi was found hanging beneath London's Blackfriars bridge, it was to speed a process that prised open a series of events spanning four decades. The circumstances of Calvi's death led knowledgeable observers to darkly whisper of a Masonic ritual slaying. With his hands tied behind his back and a brick thrust into his coat pocket, Calvi had been strangled, apparently by the rope that had been noosed around his neck. Moreover, the location itself was believed to be symbolic. Blackfriars bridge sits astride the border that connects the Masonically named 'Square Mile' of the City of London to the rest of the Capital city.
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Posted by maxe on 09/21/11 08:41 AM
You are terrorist sympathisers, I understand that, you will believe anything if it suits your cause/s. You most likely spend your days watching crap on RT and shaking your head at people who refuse to listen to your conspiracy stories.
Quite sad and pathetic IMHO.
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"Terrorist sympathizers!" ....
You are, then, the spawn of Joe McCarthy? We have noted this meme of late, the vicious smearing of people who want to tell the truth about the American military establishment, its depleted uranium poisoning and its sneaky, endless brutality abroad, which will soon enough find its way home.
Terrorist sympathizers! There is not a place in the Daily Bell where you can find advocacy of civilian violence or war. But still you write such a ludicrous accusation. Worse is surely to come from people like you. No doubt you will cooperate with the ongoing US authoritarianism, but your children and grandchildren will curse you, yes they will.
They will curse your memory, finally, as they starve in the dark, perhaps imprisoned and waiting to die for various thought crimes or for uttering the wrong phrases to the wrong people at the wrong time, they will curse your memory for dooming them to such deaths.
They will curse your slavish employment and boot-licking willingness to promote the end of freedom and the expansion of genocide of innocents throughout what was once a free land.
They will curse your participation in any one of a number of Great Lies that finally ruined America and turned it toward neo-fascism.
It is easy to see what you are, though more difficult to understand how you became it. What darkness of soul leads you to utter such obscene banalities, devoid of truth, lumping generalizations in an ongoing rush toward genocide.
What misery in your life leads you to anticipate the violence you promote?
Here, a quote from your hero, Churchill ...
"I think a curse should rest on me — because I love this war. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can't help it — I enjoy every second of it." - A letter to a friend (1916)
You do not even have the self-knowledge to know you are sick in the head. At least Churchill was wise enough to understand his own insanity.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/21/11 08:21 AM
It is probably only a matter of time before some earnest pundit proposes to replace American police officers with foreign guest-worker mercenaries as well.
Offshoring and immigration, then, are severing the link between the fate of most Americans and the fate of the American rich. A member of the elite can make money from factories in China that sell to consumers in India, while relying entirely or almost entirely on immigrant servants at one of several homes around the country. With a foreign workforce for the corporations policed by brutal autocracies and non-voting immigrant servants in the U.S., the only thing missing is a non-voting immigrant mercenary army, whose legions can be deployed in foreign wars without creating grieving parents, widows and children who vote in American elections.
If the American rich increasingly do not depend for their wealth on American workers and American consumers or for their safety on American soldiers or police officers, then it is hardly surprising that so many of them should be so hostile to paying taxes to support the infrastructure and the social programs that help the majority of the American people.
The rich don't need the rest anymore.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/21/11 06:51 AM
If much of America's investor class no longer needs Americans either as workers or consumers, elite Americans might still depend on ordinary Americans to protect them, by serving in the military or police forces. Increasingly, however, America's professional army is being supplemented by contractors -- that is, mercenaries. And the elite press periodically publishes proposals to sell citizenship to foreigners who serve as soldiers in an American Foreign Legion. It is probably only a matter of time before some earnest pundit proposes to replace American police officers with foreign guest-worker mercenaries as well.
Free market analysis: There can be stories writen by smart, educated and nobel priced guys in stock piles of analysis. There can be stories told about marxism, socialism and so on by any political analyzers. All is just priceless academic theory. Reality is bread and water.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/21/11 06:42 AM
Dominant social theme: Are the American people obsolete?
Free market analysis: The richest few don't need the rest of us as markets, soldiers or police anymore. Maybe we should all emigrate.
Have the American people outlived their usefulness to the rich minority in the United States? A number of trends suggest that the answer may be yes.
In every industrial democracy since the end of World War II, there has been a social contract between the few and the many. In return for receiving a disproportionate amount of the gains from economic growth in a capitalist economy, the rich paid a disproportionate percentage of the taxes needed for public goods and a safety net for the majority.
In North America and Europe, the economic elite agreed to this bargain because they needed ordinary people as consumers and soldiers. Without mass consumption, the factories in which the rich invested would grind to a halt. Without universal conscription in the world wars, and selective conscription during the Cold War, the U.S. and its allies might have failed to defeat totalitarian empires that would have created a world order hostile to a market economy.
Globalization has eliminated the first reason for the rich to continue supporting this bargain at the nation-state level, while the privatization of the military threatens the other rationale.
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Thanks. What a story! Ugh.
Posted by Wrusssr on 09/21/11 03:25 AM
Libya was debt-free before the 'revolt' started. They had one of those rare central banks that's state owned. The U.S. had one about, well, let's see, it's been almost a century or so now.
Constitution specified it. Could issue debt-free money just like Libya's bank; a one-eighty from 'The City's' central bank model that prints and issues usury money to states and people that has to be paid back with interest in perpetuity. How can they do this? Because their banks have the only magic money printing presses that can create it.
This was the primary reason Libya was demonized and invaded.
The secondary reason was that Qaddafi wanted to change payment for Libya's oil in dollars to the gold South African dinar. Which prompted French President Sarkozy to call Libya, 'a financial menace to humanity.'
Or words to that effect.
Gold, in my opinion, has been accumulated quietly by the Rothschild central banks and all their footmen while the rest of the world played monopoly. It's the real world wealth and they aim to control it. All of it. Their worst nightmare is oil-rich nations coming together with the same goal but with a product the globe can't live without-available only for gold-backed currency or the real stuff.
Can you imagine? A retired Libya army sergeant forcing a gold standard on the world?
One of the first acts of the Libyan 'rebels' was to create a new central bank.
Wait. . . An epiphany! Wasn't that the first thing that happened right after the intact Oil Ministry building (that had escaped bomb damage) was secured in Iraq and all oil contracts were declared null and void?
And didn't Iran attempt to open an oil bourse? That would trade only in euros?
Wait. Another one! I wonder what kind of central banks Iran and all those other Arab nations with 'uprisings for democracy' going on have?
Could we have been witnessing the world's first economic 'war' these last couple decades? Being funded and waged by paid mercs so a double handful of mega-rich psychopaths in the 'The City'-who've already robbed, skimmed, or pilfered at least half the world's wealth-can own it all?
Oh well, probably nothing to see here. Let's move along now like good lads. Who's playing Sunday?
Posted by RR on 09/20/11 11:36 PM
Satyameva Jayate. Thank you DB.
Posted by free on 09/20/11 07:08 PM
I wonder where his 50 virgin body guards are?
Posted by rossbcan on 09/20/11 05:06 PM
Here's a first hand report from an international reporter who was actually in Libya with first hand knowledge of mercs, NATO carpet bombings of civilian targets, importing Al Quada fighters, rebel amphibious assault of Tripoli using NATO vessels, ad nausium...
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Posted by TimurTheLame on 09/20/11 02:49 PM
The way Gaddafi was stabbed in the back after bending over to the point of spine tolerance is not lost on other "tyrants'. We are truly at the endgame when such perfidity is business as usual.
Should the psychopaths proceed with the Iran agenda, fasten your seatbelts. This would not be a roll-over.
More and more it seems that it is the mentally unstable who thrive on this planet, its the mentally sound who struggle.
To time travel a century hence and read the history of our times would be fascinating. I can only guarantee that it would not be a pleasure read.
Posted by rossbcan on 09/20/11 02:02 PM
DB, to boldly go, where no troll dares to go.
Your BS sensors are highly tuned and, your daggers highly accurate.
AND, so far as mercs in Libya go, was not the whole insurrection against Gaddafi started by CIA and other western "pond stirring" mercs?, as was the rest of "Arab Spring", to get rid of former bosom buddy tyrants whom have outlived their utility or, perhaps got uppity, with delusions of autonomy, such as Saddam? And, are not the former freedom fighters facing the boot of the new boss, same as the old boss, as in Egypt?
... and was not the whole Libyan "terrorist regime" meme a frame-up, from the get go? After all, terrorist is in the eye of the beholder and Ghaddafi, with his actions to lift African servitude was certainly terrifying to some (lack of control).
Posted by TimurTheLame on 09/20/11 01:35 PM
Who are you? This site tolerates contributions that are sincerely held, right or wrong because in the confused world that we live in it all boils down to opinions.
Your entry into the discussion betrays a rabid stance that could reasonably be interpreted as that of one who is either unbalanced or has an agenda. If you have any interest in objectivity, google Ellen Brown's article on Truthout under the title "Libya: All about Oil, or All about Banking'. It was posted in April and in my opinion is prescient.
I would be interested in your take on that article. This is your chance to prove that you don't occupy a cubicle at Langley or are one chromozone shy of being a silverback gorilla.
Posted by maxe on 09/20/11 01:27 PM
"So you drop by to inform viewers that it is doubtful that the US and NATO use mercenaries?"
Yes, I just dropped by, it was part of my secret NATO training to join up here 4 days ago as we had intel that someone would write a story on the grounds Moussa Ibrahim said something that "might" be truthful. LOL.
If Gaddafi forces have captured some mercenaries from NATO, as Ibrahim claims, then why dosn't he post a video of it?
He has his own Youtube channel after all.
Seems strange you wouldn't want to show the world such a catch if it was true.
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Fixated on Ibrahim, eh? The US and NATO have publicly admitted to using mercenaries for at least a decade now if not longer. Yet you ignore this point, the main point of the article, which is what makes your repetitive points both annoying and suspicious. At the very least you are kicking a shrub while walking into a tree.
Posted by maxe on 09/20/11 12:31 PM
"That Ibrahim is not a responsible source?"
It belittles your publication that you could even suggest hes a rsponsible source.
I suggest you "wikipedia" Gaddafi BTW.
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i·ro·ny: noun, plural -nies ... the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning ...
A teachable moment! Above is the definition of "irony." Please learn from it.
Obviously we were not suggesting Ibrahim is "responsible." Our point was and is that the US (and NATO) use mercenaries. It is "indisputable." And to suggest that the West has likely used mercenaries in Libya is neither "far out" nor "irresponsible." It is likely true. The West and the Pentagon and CIA, etc. have shown in the past decade they are capable of almost anything. Using mercenaries is the least of it.
As far as Gaddafi and terrorism is concerned, we haven't noticed that he has killed or poisoned millions in the Middle East and Near Asia with bombs, drones and depleted uranium. Nor has he started a war that killed thousands of his own people. Nor has he dropped bombs on them. But NATO has.
Posted by maxe on 09/20/11 12:06 PM
Are you suggesting I am a CIA or MI6 opperative?
You seriously listen to Moussa Ibrahim as your information source for truth?
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So you drop by to inform viewers that it is doubtful that the US and NATO use mercenaries? That Ibrahim is not a responsible source?
We hedged the article for the most part. But the US and other NATO allies use mercenaries ... It's a fact. (See below.) The question then becomes whether they have used mercenaries in Libya. Given the general illegality of almost every part of the war, why on earth isn't it credible to discuss whether NATO is using mercenary forces there as well? Has NATO suddenly begun to respect UN legal boundaries and various military and civilian conventions? Has NATO stopped using depleted uranium weapons? Has NATO suddenly begun to prosecute lawful wars?
Just go online and Google US and mercenaries - individuals who may have served in the US and other armed forces in the past but are not directly under command anymore. You will find plenty of information.
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Xe Services LLC
Type Private military security firm
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Founder(s) Erik Prince
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Xe Services LLC is a private military company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark.; it is better known by its former names, Blackwater USA and Blackwater Worldwide. Xe is currently the largest of the U.S. State Department's three private security contractors. Xe provided diplomatic security services in Iraq to the United States federal government on a contractual basis. Xe Services also has a research and development wing that was responsible for developing the Grizzly APC along with other innovative military technology. The company's headquarters is located in Arlington, VA.
The company was purchased on December 17, 2010 by USTC Holdings. Erik Prince no longer has an equity stake in the company or involvement in its management and operation.
The Obama administration awarded Xe Services a quarter of a billion dollar contract to work for the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan.
Posted by kenn on 09/20/11 10:51 AM
Ahhhh... . the wrath and logic of the intel agencies seem boundless.
Posted by maxe on 09/20/11 10:44 AM
I'm wondering why you write this whole article on a rumour from Moussa Ibrahim, who quite frankly is just a spokesman of BS for Gaddafi and his terrorist supporting regime.
Even if its true who cares? Gaddafi uses mercenaries, so why cant the other side? I would suggest you wait for proof before going off half cocked writing stories on the say so of a propaganda spokesman.
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The use of mercenaries by NATO and specifically by America (Blackwater) should be seen within a context stretching back at least to 2001 if not longer, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain and other countries too. Thus the article was a commentary on the larger issues of mercenaries and not simply a comment on a single perhaps speculative report. There have, in fact, been numerous reports of mercenaries in Libya. Not just this one.
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