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Old 08-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #5
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Northbridge Services Group Ltd is a private military company (PMC) which is registered in the Dominican Republic and has offices in the United Kingdom and Ukraine. Its president and CEO is US Army (retired) Lieutenant-Colonel Robert W. Kovacic.


Northbridge Services Group inaccurately claimed to be the successor of the now defunct South African PMC Executive Outcomes (EO). Northbridge was said to have close links with Aegis Defence Services, the successor of the now defunct PMC Sandline International.

In April of 2003, the company was criticized by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean for operations in Côte d'Ivoire that "seriously undermine the peace process". In May of 2003, Northbridge commandos rescued dozens of oil workers being held hostage on an oil rig. In June of 2003, the company offered to kidnap embattled Liberian president Charles Taylor for $4 million. The offer was rejected and Northbridge was subsequently investigated by the FBI.

Northbridge operated from a post box and gradually disappeared from existence.

Sandline International

Sandline International was a private military company based in London, established in the early 1990s. It was involved in conflicts in Papua New Guinea in 1997 (having a contract with the government under the then Prime Minister Julius Chan) causing the Sandline affair, in 1998 in Sierra Leone (having a contract with ousted President Kabbah) and in Liberia in 2003 (in a rebel attempt to evict the then-president Charles Taylor near the end of the civil war). Sandline ceased all operations on 16 April 2004. On the company's website, a reason for closure is given:

The general lack of governmental support for Private Military Companies willing to help end armed conflicts in places like Africa, in the absence of effective international intervention, is the reason for this decision. Without such support the ability of Sandline to make a positive difference in countries where there is widespread brutality and genocidal behaviour is materially diminished.

Sandline was managed by former British Army Lt Col Tim Spicer. Sandline billed itself as a "Private Military Company" (PMC) and offered military training, "operational support" (equipment and arms procurement and limited direct military activity), intelligence gathering, and public relations services to governments and corporations. While the mass media often referred to Sandline as a mercenary company, the company's founders disputed that characterisation. It has been rumored that some, if not most of Sandline's personnel, are now part of Aegis Defence Services company.

Spicer recounted his experiences with Sandline in the book An Unorthodox Soldier.

Aegis Defence Services

Aegis Defence Services is a British private military company with overseas offices in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. It was founded in 2004 by Tim Spicer, who was previously director of the controversial company Sandline International.

Aegis provides security and risk management solutions to counter threats. Its services are tailored for clients including governments, international agencies and the corporate sector. It is a registered and active UN contractor, a major security provider to the U.S. government and security adviser to the Lloyds Joint War Risk Committee.

In 2004 the International Peace Operations Association, an industry body, asked Aegis to apply for membership, but the application was rejected by a British competitor. It is a founding member of the British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC), a body lobbying for the regulation of the British PSC sector.It is also a member of the Private Security Company Association of Iraq.

In his High Level Policy , Aegis present itself as a dedicated supporter of regulation, transparency and accountability of the Private Security Industry and welcomes the international agreement on the “Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies During Armed Conflict” (“Montreux Document”) created in association with the ICRC and the Swiss Initiative in September 2008.

Since July 27, 2010 AEGIS Group Holdings AG in Basel, Switzerland is holding 1,125,000 ordinary shares of Aegis Defence Services Limited, London.

Ancient Egypt

An early recorded use of foreign auxiliaries dates back to Ancient Egypt, the thirteenth century BC, when Pharaoh Ramesses II used 11,000 mercenaries during his battles. A long established foreign corps in the Egyptian forces were the Medjay – a generic term given to tribal scouts and light infantry recruited from Nubia serving from the late period of the Old Kingdom through that of the New Kingdom. Other warriors recruited from outside the borders of Egypt included Libyan, Syrian and Canaanite contingents under the New Kingdom and Sherdens from Sardinia who appear in their distinctive horned helmets on wall paintings as body guards for Ramesses II.
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