Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Why Hiring Mercenaries To Fight The Islamic State Is A Bad Idea

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Ulrich Petersohn, Conversation: Private military companies don’t stand much of a chance against Islamic State

Western governments find themselves in a dilemma in their fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS). The organisation has proved remarkably resilient to military force, which so far has depended heavily on air strikes. Ground troops from outside the region are not forthcoming and while a sizeable local ground force is fighting IS in Iraq, its troops are unlikely to venture into Syrian territory.

This puts Western governments in a bind. Destroying IS is a top priority, but the prospect of “putting boots on the ground” is as unpopular as ever with citizens weary of messy foreign intervention. A few in the private security industry have seen this as an opportunity to ply their trade. Most prominently, Erik Prince, former CEO of US security company Blackwater (now Academi), has promoted the idea of sending in private military and security companies (PMSCs) as a ground force.

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Update #1: Fighting ISIS with mercenaries is bad idea, says private military expert (RT)
Update #2: Private military companies don't stand a chance against Islamic State (UPI)

WNU Editor: I agree.


Chase jones said...

Idk less rules of engagement against scum like that wouldnt be so bad. They need to meet our most ruthless and savage fighters to send them straight to hell

Anonymous said...

While I agree that mercenaries shouldn't be used, I disagree on their effectiveness. It would be ISIS that wouldn't stand a chance.

Chase jones said...

Put bountys on there heads and send in the scalpers.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. Use mercenaries and skip rules of engagement.

Anonymous said...

You have to admit, ISIS has been about the most effective fighting force to come out of the middle east since Saladin (not including the Turks).