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Inside Blackwater: Iraq’s Most Controversial Private Military Contractor

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As the Iraqi government threatens to expel all foreign mercenaries following the Blackwater shootout, the role of private military contractors is once again in the spotlight. There’s no denying that the rise of the private military contractor is transforming the way we wage war. They earn four times more than regular soldiers, act with impunity and – in Iraq – outnumber all non-US soldiers combined. ‘Private Armies’ follows the training and deployment of these men. From skidding around a racing track, practising escaping from kidnappers, to dodging bullets in Baghdad, it’s an eye-opening look at life as a private soldier.

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    Matheo Lefebvre
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Religion object nor ngegn far more Arab.

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    Don Emigholz Jr.
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    This is the power afforded Halliburton and BP for their 911 attack on NY that cleared the way for the USA occupation of Iraq's oil fields. (Rewriting the Iraq oil contracts.) One of the ultimate mercenaries is an assassin. The Ultimate Mercenary is carrying out any mission like a kidnapping of government officials or Ambassadors. A $100,000 to start a civil war or instigate Anarchy is a good price for the .001%. Of course the .001% do their job and support their Mercenaries with the savage attack against Hillary is to mask the failed kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi.
    I cannot believe how many Minions the .001% have so readily available. How easily these minions are fooled to look away from all the real crimes of the .001%.

    Of course the Mercenaries that failed in their attempt to kidnap a USA Ambassador ….

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    Don Vega
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    The Nepali bitches are only fuck toys. like dogs without the master they are completely lost.

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    Yougi G
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    fucking cheap ass british and canadian embassy cant even afford APC to transport quality underpaid gurkhas to their base? these men died because of their fucking negligence. blend in my ass

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    Yougi G
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    dang even the ex gurkhas are in blackwater?

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    Blut Und Ehre
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Fuck Blackwater those guys are not good guys so fuck every single one of them

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    darkphase777
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    that looked like top gear track

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    monica small
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    o and blackwater is american not british. they are called something else now. name has changed

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    monica small
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    if you really dig into blackwater you will be quite surprised and a bit disgusted at what they do. They were also let loose after hurricane katrina. Not always in a good way

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    anonymous nameless
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    As long as a man rules another man there will never be peace.

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    Bill Kargle
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    So Benghazi had a private security contractor?

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    Bob Saturday
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    you slimey murdering cocksucker had no business invading a country and murdering people , they were within their rights to fight you

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    Owen Bunny
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Soldier exit their active duty and then realized that htey could never be that awesome again.

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    Leonardo Luna
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    20:00 this guys is spanish how can he be in the foreign legion???

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    Damian Z
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    two out of four stones with polish names…

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    Jellybean 123
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    guys lets be realistic hear this isnt new like this isnt new at all

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    greekfighter
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    can anyone give me some info about how can i join a mercenary army ?

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    November Ninth
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    The UN sucks cock

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    Homa Monfared
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    they are whores of the war is correct

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    Homa Monfared
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    You don't know anything about freedom you bastard you are in a killing business, I wish somebody kill world don't need bastards like you

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    Homa Monfared
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I don't know why G.Boosh's daughters are not there to be killed?

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    Homa Monfared
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    you are all private army either paid by government or private company, governments are paying means tax payers, shame on you I hope they kill you before you kill them, you are invading that country, they are not in your Country, you are worst than a prostitute , you sold your body and soul if you had any.

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    ufo tekno
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    We are waiting for the blackwater in turkey 🙂 It will be nice game.

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    mbc20831
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    This is so dumb. Look at the big picture.

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    Jason Blaha Firearm Enthusiast
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Hey every body it's Jason Blaha and I wanna do a little story time for you guys.

    I grew up a competitive shooter and a hunter. I hunted since I was 6 years old, I shot since i was 6 years old, I started doing long distance rifle shooting in competition when I was 12 years old. So we'll call it a "hunter", I was a hunter of exotic game if that'll make you guys feel better. And a pretty good chunk of the game that I hunted was a very dangerous type of game that it's some sort of masonry or brick laying because I stacked bricks of some type up.

    Alright so let's go back and look at timelines a little bit. A lot of you guys grew up in a completely different world politically and even from a war perspective a lot of you guys reached adulthood around the time of 9/11, or shortly thereafter, or around that range. I'm turning 40 years old this year. I turned 18 in 1994, president Clinton became president in 1993, so my young adulthood was during the Clinton years, the Clinton Administration. So president Clinton was the President from the time I was 17 all the way until I was 25. The President before him was George Bush Senior who was the former head of the CIA which we then allowed to be Vice President twice. He pretty much ran the show on Reagan. And then he became president and he had his own ideas about the way the world and the country should be run and what our national interests were behind the scenes.

    But the Clinton Administration was one of the most corrupt administrations there ever was and people who don't know that just need to look a little bit at all the things that had gone on with the Clintons over the years, look at how many hundreds and hundreds of people who had association with them from the various administrations, business partners, things like that either died in accidents or committed suicide. That list is getting really, really long.

    So yes I became a man at the start of the Clinton presidency, I was scouted out for certain types of work before I even finished high school. Again, due to my family, my upbringing, connections certain members of my family might have had, along with my shooting skills. Again, I was shooting at 1000 yards as a teenager, well before I was an adult, in actual competitions. So it isn't far fetched that I may have been offered certain types of work at that point. And people keep saying things like (particularly my ex wife said all this) "the only mercenaries are people who were combat veterans". Look at what was going on in the mid and late 90s in the US and nearby countries around the world. What military veterans? What military veterans did we have in the 90s who'd be willing to do large amounts of morally questionable work? The only veterans we had were from Vietnam and those guys were getting really old at that point. And we had a very short engagement, a very very short war in Iraq and Desert Storm
    that had a very limited number of troops, many of whom still hold on to ideas like honor and valor, with very little combat experience.

    There were no veterans logistically speaking. Where were people going to get veterans to do the massive amount of exotic game hunting and similar work that was being done? Look what was going on ins this country during the Clinton years. We were in the middle of the drug was, or, like some people like to call them, the Powder Wars. There was massive fighting all through Central America, dealing with drug cartels. Everyone from the DEA trying to cut down on them to government agencies getting caught distributing drugs back into the inner cities, there were so many cases where government agents were actually linked to distribution of crack and cocaine in enormously large quantities. So you had so many factions involved with all of this, inside and outside the government itself. The gang wars that spilled into the streets, we had and enormous amount of death and violence in this country due to the gang wars, the drugs and cartels and everything going on that people who are living in this era don't understand because they didn't see what was going on.

    A lot of the stuff you see reflected in all this gangster movies, that's what reflects what was going on in this country during that time period inside of our cities. There was a drug war happening in the streets. There was a drug war happening all the way from our border with Mexico all the way down to Venezuela and Colombia. There was and enormous amount of mercenaries hired to do various work. And there weren't enough veterans, not even close to enough to do all of those jobs. So that Idea is just absurd. We didn't have young, skilled veterans during that day, they just weren't there, they didn't exist in any sort of meaningful number.

    So yes people with any of the right backgrounds who could be trained, that had aptitudes were recruited to do this sort of work who had no military experience. I met large numbers of men who had no military experience, young men who had certain aptitudes and skill sets or the right connections that got trained to do this sort of work. And it wasn't full time jobs, these were on and off things that we'd get a week here, a week there, couples weeks here, couple weeks there in and out of the country. And men wouldn't always get paid cash because the truth was this was a very competitive market, competitive environment, it was very dangerous and there were other things worth more than money for people who wanted to stay in this line of work: training and hardware. Those things were worth their weight in gold. There were times because the lack of getting enough training and needing access to newer tactics, newer skills, things that were being learned and pushed out there, that a lot of guys would do jobs and work for free and be paid by getting access to certain training facilities from time to time. Meaning they would do a job and be allowed to be trained at a certain facility for 2 weeks or they would get access to hardware that they couldn't easily buy themselves. Equipment that was so hard to get they would sometimes to jobs in exchange for hardware to improve their operational capacity, to improve their ability to make money. And when it comes to military grade hardware and access to training facilities nobody had deeper pockets than Uncle Sam.

    And the beautiful part? All of these young men wre completely disposable. We got worked, we got worked hard and sometimes we got broken. And since none of these men were members of the military we had no VA benefits or access to resources when things went wrong because everything was done clandestinally. Latebra Factum. And yeah, a lot of these men broke. I watched a lot of guys that I knew either died in the field, kill themselves or just been disposed of and disappear. Because at the end of the day we were all disposable and if we became a liability we could just be thrown away like garbage.

    And so all these veterans today who came back from all these wars and thought they were gonna get access to all these VA benefits the they were promised, and all this therapy, medical help, guys died while waiting in line in the VA. At least 20 veterans were committing suicide every day from these last two engagements in spite of the government promising them all this therapy and PTSD treatment. You already know how our government uses up its assets and throws them away. But I'm one of the lucky ones and I survived.

    So those of you who don't believe any of this, that's okay I really don't give a fuck. I'm still telling my story. This is … this is what it is and if you don't believe me, fuck you go fuck yourself I don't care. For all these guys who are veterans who are standing there still screaming about your valour, stolen valour, after what I just told you, that that sounds like I'm stealing any of your valour, you know what? Fuck you kid. And go fuck yourself I don't really care what you think. But I will tell you this: if you decide that you're going to come confront me physically about it, you better not be a fucking Pog. You better be a stone cold killer. If you come at me aggressively, voice raised negative body language, as someone who I know is a trained killer. Because I don't flinch anymore when I hear a rifle round come by my head, when I hear that WHOOP and that snap or that sonic boom. I haven't flinched in 20 years from that shit. I got over that a long time ago. So if you come at me I want you to know son: it's not gonna be me who goes in the ground. I'm still here. I'm still upright and drawing air.

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    illuminotify
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos' brother created Blackwater.

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    Fox Blue River
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Blackwater never lost a single person they were paid to protect!

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    AeonPhoenix
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    People in the comments can't even grasp the importance of these companies, because of only Blackwater, they destroyed a good reputation in some decent PMCs. Look at the West Coast. The cartels and the out of control gangsters are running out of hand, and you keep these cops with low-ass gear and weapons that even a street gang would have a military weapon on one of their members, yet the misinformed comments are basically telling America doesn't need them.

    Let me tell you this, the police can be helpful, but not right now. Mafia and Cartels are arming everyone and they have more intimidation records than the law or the normal military. While PMCs have a mixed history, some of them can be helpful. So what choice do you have against America's deadly criminals?

    The police may help one way, but their gear is mostly flawed against anyone. America can't keep low-ass gear forever, so it has to change. Those PMCs have high-end weapons, so if we can get one of them to arm many of the police departments in major cities, we may have a chance against the criminal organizations.

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    Jhon Pun
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Gorkha soldiers also served heare pm army bcz

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    Alba Productions
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Armor group was taken over by G4s in April 2008.

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    Frankie Coleman
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I was in the military and I served in Iraq. I have mix options on contractors. I saw some while I was in country, Some where quite and kept to themselves… But a lot of them where cocky shits who where over fucking paid assholes with big egos.

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    Mind The Gap
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    23:34 – "In Irak, these kind of vehicles have probably saved 23 lives"
    vous êtes malade, madame?!! popopo

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    chris L
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    As a vet I had to dislike when the women said 182nd Airborne? what the fuck if you were Army you get it, it might be simpleton but when she said that it was over for me

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    the pAtriot
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Enough with the allahu akbar executions, we should just nuke em

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    nora kim
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Even so.
    Help USA

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    ZackM
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Why would the gurkhas allow the brits to pay less? in the doc it says they would have brought in london police officers, not even soldiers….

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    Charaf Eddine Mechalikh
    January 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    private terrorists not army

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