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Executive Outcomes – defunct private military contractor


A private military contractor which offered “Security management” and “full-service risk management consulting”. It operated during the 1990s and boasted 500 military advisers and over 3000 military personnel, largely drawn from the South African Civil Cooperation Bureau.

In 1988, Eeben Barlow, a former special forces Lt-Col and commander of South Africa’s Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) Europe Branch, was tasked by the apartheid regime’s superspy Major Craig Williamson to carry out the Lockerbie bombing on 21 December 1988 by targeting UN Assistant Secretary-General and Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, the most prominent of Pan Am Flight 103’s 270 victims.
The US and Britain were quick to blame Libya for the sabotage of Pan Am 103, but French President Mitterrand – who had refused permission in 1986 for British-based USAF F-111 aircraft to overfly France in a bombing raid on Tripoli and Benghazi – was not convinced.[1]
By mid-September 1989, the shadowy CCB had morphed into the sinister Executive Outcomes (EO) which became the prototype for the sort of private military company (PMC) that would play such a big part in the conflicts at the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the 21st centuries.[2]

Note: The public narrative concerning the Lockerbie bombing differs from those in the military and intelligence services.

AFRICOM to deploy for Ebola care

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) is to set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Liberia as part of American efforts to help West Africa counter a widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus, including deployment of about 3,000 US personnel.

More than 4,000 people are thought to have been infected, and more than 2,000 to have died, from the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, with Liberia accounting for the most cases.

To help stop Ebola’s spread, the White House announced on 16 September that it had directed AFRICOM to establish a headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia, “to provide regional command-and-control support to US military activities and facilitate co-ordination with US government and international relief efforts”.

Note: The US had tried several times to move AFRICOM from Germany to Africa, it was rebuffed.If the US announces this as a permanent home, it would have achieved a long standing objective for AFRICOM in Africa.