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Books: Hot off the press recent titles and memoirs, as well as essential reading, earlier bibliography, classics, and our Top 10 covering the evolution of PMCs/PSCs and the privatization of security. More >>

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— The Fall of Afghanistan: A New Private Military Bonanza or the Dwindling of the Private Security Cover? August 18, 2021: @WordPress | @PrivateMilitary.org
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Private Military and Security Companies and States: Force Divided. By Christopher Spearin, Palgrave Macmillan, August 3, 2017.
The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing (Routledge Handbooks). Edited by Joakim Berndtsson and Christopher Kinsey. Routledge. 2016.
The Markets for Force. Privatization of Security Across World Regions. Molly Dunigan and Ulrich Petersohn (eds), Penn Press, 2015. About the book | Table of contents | About the authors
The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order. By Sean McFate, Oxford University Press, 2015.
The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies. By James Pattison, Oxford University Press, 2014.
Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness. By Molly Dunigan, Stanford Security Studies, 2011.
Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues. By Carlos Ortiz, Praeger, 2010. About the book I Table of contents | flyer | Kindle edition | PMCs and private security cast anew: MORE>> Private Armed Forces book cover
States, Citizens and the Privatisation of Security. By Elke Krahmann, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Private Security Contractors and New Wars: Risk, Law, and Ethics. By Kateri Carmola, Routledge, 2010.
Private Military and Security Companies. Chances, Problems, Pitfalls and Prospects. Edited by J. Thomas, and K. Gerhard. Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2007. About the book | Chapter outline
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In the spotlight:
– Attempt to evacuate [GardaWorld] Afghans who guarded British embassy fails due to explosions at airport. The Guardian, August 26, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE | VIDEO
– UK government makes U-turn on Afghan embassy [GardaWorld] guards. The Guardian, August 20, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE
– US contractors rush to get former employees out of Afghanistan. Defense News, August 19, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE
– Wagner Group: Scale of Russian mercenary mission in Libya exposed. BBC News, August 11, 2021: MULTIMEDIA
– Number of Private Contractors in Afghanistan Drops Precipitously as Biden Pushes Withdrawal Plan. U.S. News, July 21, 2021: TEXT
– Scenarios for the Future of Peace Operations. By Jaïr van der Lijn, IPI Global Observatory, Reprinted by ReliefWeb, May 12, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO
– The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan? Tell That to the Contractors. American firms capitalize on the withdrawal, moving in with hundreds of new jobs. By Lynzy Billing, Intelligencer, May 12, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO
MAGAZINE ARTICLES:
– Former Pentagon Generals in Afghan War Make Top Dollar Advising Military Contractor. CorpWatch, August 24, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE
– Departure of Private Contractors Was a Turning Point in Afghan Military’s Collapse. Foreign Policy, August 16, 2021: TEXT | PICTURE
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS:

– (U.S.) Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan. The White House, State Dining Room, August 31, 2021, 3:28 P.M. EDT: TEXT

– (U.S.) Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United Statesas a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America. Signed in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.: PDF
INDUSTRY DOCUMENTS:
– International Support for Afghan Workers, ISOA, August 9, 2021: TEXT
SELECTED CONFERENCES & EVENTS:
Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies - Call for Papers: Intelligence in the Era of Donald Trump: Impact and Prospects: PDF
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Adverse Private Forces
A dichotomy in the private realm has emerged whereby PMCs/PSCs legitimately collaborate with state forces and multilateral actors. These 'security partnerships'(*) deter and counteract the predatory advances of Adverse Private Forces or APFs such as International Terrorist Organizations, Rebels and Insurgents, Pirates, Mafias, and Drug Trafficking Organizations. More >>
 
(*) Based on argument put forward in Private Armed Forces and Global Security.
Selected additions to APFs:
read about our enterprise TERRORISM - MIDDLE EAST
KABUL AIRPORT ATTACK: Satellite images, graphics, and maps show how fatal airport explosion ripped through Kabul.. USA Today, August 26, 2021 (Update August 28, 2021): MULTIMEDIA | US troops and Afghans killed in suicide attacks outside Kabul airport. CNN, August 27, 2021: MULTIMEDIA | U.S. Launches Strike on ISIS-K as Bombing’s Death Toll Soars. The New York Times, August 27, 2021: TEXT | PICTURES
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Timelines: The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan GO>>

Afghanistan live news: BBC | The Guardian | The New York Times I Washington Post

Chaos in Kabul. Reuters, August 18, 2021: MULTIMEDIA

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GUINEA:‘The president is with us,’ Guinea’s coup leader tells FRANCE 24 - Exckusive.September 6, 2021: VIDEO | Military arrests president, dissolves government. Al Jazeera, September 6, 2021: TEXT | VIDEOS | Who is Col Mamady Doumbouya? BBC News, September 6, 2021: TEXT | PICTURES
read about our enterprise TERRORISM > EUROPE
PARIS TERRORIST ATTACKS ( November 13, 2015): Chief suspect Salah Abdeslam defiant on first day of landmark 2015 Paris attacks trial. France 24, September 8, 2021: TEXT | VIDEO | November 2015 attacks: A timeline of the night that shook the French capital. France 24, September 8, 2021: TEXT
read about our enterprise TERRORISM > AFRICA
SOMALIA K5 JUNCTION TRUCK BOMB ATTACK: Somalia Truck Bombing Kills Over 300. Voice of America, October 16, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | AUDIO | Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack. The Guardian, October 16, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP
 
 
 
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Resources

Focusing on military & security issues, military terms & acronyms, maps and satellite imagery, i.e. resources for scholars or contractors heading to (post-) conflict zones. More >>

New mercenaries? List of Military Units of foreign or international constitution as well as forms of civilian security. More >>

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SaBRE (now Defence Relationship Management) Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers -UK.
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Organizations
Directory / List of International Organizations, Regional Organizations, NGOs, as well as security and development institutions within the United Nations. These multilateral entities deal regularly with private security issues. Find also a selection of development Institutions, governmental departments, maritime organizations, security industry associations, think-tanks, university projects, and news agencies. More >>
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