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Executive Outcomes...

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posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 03:22 AM
Not sure if this the correct part of the form to place this topic. Mods feel free to move it.

I was watching the history channel, there was a fascinating show titled Soldiers for Hire. It covered the topic of military contractors or machineries. The most interesting section of the show covered a group of mercenary called Executive Outcomes managed to remove the RAF rebel army sized in the 10s of thousands with a force less then 300 from Sierra Leone. Here is a brief description of this now defunct mercenary firm.

""Executive Outcomes, the now defunct mercenary firm based in Pretoria, South Africa, that was manned mostly by former members of the South African Defense Force, proved to be a decisive factor in the outcome of some civil wars in Africa. Involved in forcing rebels to the negotiating table in Sierra Leone and more well-known for contributing to the Angolan government's success in forcing UNITA to accept the Lusaka Protocol in 1994, Executive Outcomes reportedly had a web of influence in Uganda, Botswana, Zambia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa.

Even though the firm's expertise lay in fighting bush wars, it diversified and reportedly operated as many as 32 companies, whose interests range from computer software to adult education. The firm's tactic of quickly regaining control of a client country's mineral-rich regions is well-documented. Within a month of Sierra Leone's hiring of Executive Outcomes in May 1995, government forces had regained control of the diamond-rich Kono district, which produces two-thirds of Sierra Leone's diamonds. In Angola, oil- and diamond-producing regions were the first areas secured by government forces trained by Executive Outcomes. The firm also reportedly mined gold in Uganda, drilled boreholes in Ethiopia and had a variety of interests in the other countries noted above.
Executive Outcomes claimed that its sole purpose was to bring stability to the region by supporting legitimate governments in their defense against armed rebels. Nevertheless, rumors persisted that the firm was connected to either the South African DeBeers Diamond Corporation or the South African government. These claims were denied by all parties, and the South African government tried to restrict Executive Outcomes' business ventures.

The intermixing of paramilitary and commercial ventures made it difficult to determine the number of mercenaries involved in various countries. Most reports indicated there were between 150 and 200 in Sierra Leone, while reports from Angola varied, indicating between 500 and 4,000 members in that country."

[edit on 19-7-2004 by oconnection]

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 03:58 AM
I just finished watching the same show, and was amazed at how efficient they were. Three hundred EO people managed to push 17,000 URF(?) troops across Sierra Leone and out of the country. Unfortunately, they were a little too successful, and the international community started to frown on private military forces.

It looks like ICI of Oregon is still in business providing airlift support.

[edit on 7/19/04 by para]


posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 05:16 AM
Ah thats the name of them. Thanks for that.I could never remember the name of that group.

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:18 AM
Yeah I watched the same show i hope the US military doesn't become too dependant on mercenaries but only uses a small number of them.
And D your avatar is so funny I cant stop laughing

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 10:08 AM
Hey I just saw that show last night. Man thats efficent. Can't believe all of those UN Peacekeepers couldn't even do the easy part. Looks like a cool job though. Man that would be cool to see on my resume.

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