Britain is at centre of global mercenary industry, says charity

3 February 2016 - 7:00am
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War on Want in the Guardian. Read Richard Norton-Taylor's article: Britain is at centre of global mercenary industry, says charity

Britain is the “mercenary kingpin” of global private military industry, which has been booming ever since the “war on terror” began 15 years ago, according to a report seen exclusively by the Guardian.

John Hilary of 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 frontline in conflict zones across the world: it is the return of the ‘dogs of war’.”

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