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originally posted by: Grimpachi
Below is a list of countries and forces that have or do use M16/AR- platform variants but I am supposed to believe that because some turned up there it must mean the people that have them are US mercenaries.
Deny ignorance don't promote it.
Afghanistan: Standard issue rifle of the Afghan National Army. Colt Canada C7 variants also saw limited service.
Argentina: Special Forces used M16A1 in the Falklands (Malvinas) War and they currently use the M16A2.
Australia M16A1 introduced during the Vietnam War and replaced by the F88 Austeyr in 1989.
Bangladesh: Used by the military, special forces and counter terrorism units.
Cambodia M16A1 is used.
Canada: C7 and C8 variants made by Colt Canada is used by the Canadian Forces.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark: C7 and C8 variants made by Colt Canada are used by all branches of the Danish Defence.
El Salvador M16A1/A2/A3/A4 is used.
Estonia Ex-US M16A1s in use.
Greece M16A2/M4 is used by the Special forces of the Hellenic Army ISAF Forces in Afghanistan and Hellenic Navy
Guatemala M16A1/M16A2 is used.
Iraq: Used by Iraqi Army.
Israel Being replaced by IMI Tavor.
Republic of Korea: During the Vietnam War, the United States provided 27,000 M16 rifles to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces in Vietnam. Also, 600,000 M16A1s (Colt Model 603K) were manufactured under license by Daewoo Precision Industries. The delivery started in 1974 and ended in 1985. Still KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to the United States Army) soldiers who serve their military service in the United States Army uses M16A2 with the United States Army.
Lithuania: Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Malaysia Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and RELA Corps.
Mexico: Used by Mexican Marines.
Monaco: Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince.
Netherlands: C7 and C8 variants are used by the Military of the Netherlands and LSW is used by Netherlands Marine Corps.
New Zealand M16 was used and was replaced in 1988 by Steyr AUG
Panama M16A1 is used.
Philippines: Manufactured under license by Elisco Tool and Manufacturing. M16A1s and M653Ps in use. Supplemented in Special Forces by the M4 carbine.
Singapore: Local variant of the M16A1 (M16S1) manufactured under license by ST Kinetics.
South Vietnam: 6,000 M16 and 938,000 M16A1, 1966–1975
Sweden A small number of M16A2's are used by the Swedish Armed Forces for familiarization training (as well as a similar number of AKM's), but they are not issued to combat units. C8 used by Special Forces
Tunisia M16A2/A4 variants are used.
Turkey M16A1/A2/A4 variants are used.
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom: C7/C8 (L119A1) variant are used by the Royal Military Police, the Pathfinder Platoon of the Parachute Regiment and the United Kingdom Special Forces
So these country's must be supplying"Mercenaries"to Ukraine as well,huh?
originally posted by: Dabrazzo
The German state intelligence BND reported last year Blackwater were fighting in Ukraine. Obviously because they are not American they cannot be trusted.
On March 9, 2014 the Iranian Press TV published news that Blackwater fighters were allegedly seen in Donetsk. Blackwater is the U.S. private military company currently known as Academi and Xe Company. Russia Today refers to the Press TV on the same March 9, 2014, spreading the news.
Press TV quoted the Russian news agency Interfax, citing a Russian diplomat, that about 300 private army mercenaries arrived in Ukraine. Social networks believe that they came to fight the pro-Russian activists.
Academi became particularly well known after the Iraq war, in connection with allegations of killings of civilians, smuggling weapons and other things, as reported by the media. They were in Afghanistan too. Oil-producing and insurance companies use their services, as well as individuals. De jure, their services can be ordered by anyone. Another issue is that the board of directors include, for example, John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General and Vice Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, former head of the National Security Agency.
On this video you can see how people dressed in NATO military uniforms run through the city with guns and bulletproof vests. This, and many other media sources reported that the video shows that locals chase the mercenaries and shout: «Blackwater!». On the other hand, Press TV reported that people pursue local resident, not military.
The video was shared by users on YouTube. But most of the uploaded versions begin with the mercenaries. However, we are interested in the moment and a little earlier, on 0:12 minutes of this video, where one can hear the people shouting: “Go to work! Go to work!”. They shout to the Deputy of Donetsk regional council. Similar story can be found on the «LB» website. They wrote about a group of people, who attacked Andrew Shishatskiy the former governor of the Donetsk region.
The phrase “Go to work! ” sounds a bit like «Blackwater!» when said in Russian. And, we suspect it could provoke the assertions in the media that people were shouting the name of the American security company.
In fact, based on available information it was the “Alpha”, Ukrainian special forces, which were called to secure the safe escape of local councillors including Shishatskiy from the captured regional council. The “Alpha” arrived late, and as a consequence some councillors were attacked. There are suspicions that special forces sabotaged deliberately.
As reported in the British press, the British newspaper Daily Mail turned for comment to Academi on March 9th, but there was no reply.