Revealed: How mercenaries are making millions from the misery in war zones around the world

7 February 2016 - 7:00am
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War on Want in the Scottish Sunday Record. Read Billys Briggs' artcile: Revealed: How mercenaries are making millions from the misery in war zones around the world.

War on Want have condemned private security firms in Britain and are calling on the UK Government to ban companies from operating in conflict zones.

John Hilary, Executive Director at War on Want, said: “Private military contractors ran amok in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving a trail of human rights abuses in their wake.

“Now we are seeing the alarming rise of mercenaries fighting on the front line in conflict zones across the world, it is the return of the Dogs of War. For too long, this murky world of guns for hire has been allowed to grow unchecked. The time has come to ban companies from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war.”

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