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Basra invites British back for security role.

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Basra invites British back for security role - Telegraph

Basra invites British back for security role
Six years after the last British troops left amid a barrage of bombs and mortars, the Iraqi city of Basra is to re-enlist UK military expertise to oversee its security again


By Colin Freeman
8:12PM GMT 03 Jan 2014
Anxious to rid itself of the lawlessness that still plagues Iraq’s southern capital, Basra’s governor has hired a private military company run by a British general who helped capture the city from Saddam Hussein.
Maj Gen Graham Binns, who is the chief executive of Aegis Defence Services, commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade when it led the siege of Basra in 2003.
Four years later he supervised the handover of the city to Iraqi security forces. Now, amid growing concern about a fresh wave of terrorist violence across the country, Basra’s governor has invited Maj Gen Binns’s company back to assist at a “strategic levelâ€.
Aegis will be asked to provide help with setting up specialised CCTV detection and checkpoint systems across the city, establishing a “ring of steel†security system to thwart suicide bombers.
It will also set up an academy to help security forces improve coordination and intelligence-gathering techniques.
The contract is politically sensitive as it will put British military experts in an influential position in Basra, advising the governor’s top-level security committee. Although most Basrawis insist that the British are now welcome once more, the city still harbours remnants of the Shia militias who forced the British into a hurried departure.
Maj Gen Binns, 56, who joined Aegis after retiring from the Army in 2010, said that he was “honoured†to return to the city to help.
“The governor is keen to improve the security situation there, and for me personally it is a great honour to be coming back, having been involved there with both 7th Brigade and the subsequent handover,†he said.
“We have signed a contract with the Basra governor, and will initially be supporting them in procuring specialised equipment for search and detection purposes and CCTV, but that may expand.â€
Bloodshed in Iraq has escalated anew, with a campaign of car bombing by a resurgent al-Qaeda pushing the monthly toll of violent deaths up to around 1,000.
There has been concern about the ability of Iraqi security forces to meet the challenge. Earlier this week, al-Qaeda fighters temporarily forced the Iraqi army to withdraw from the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, west of Baghdad.
While Basra has largely been spared the violence further north, al-Qaeda continues to carry out sporadic car bombings there.
The huge amount of money generated by Iraq’s only port and principal oil city also makes it a haven for criminal gangs, smugglers and kidnappers.
In an interview with an Iraqi newspaper, Majid al-Nasrawi, who took over as governor last year, said he wanted to move away from security being led by Iraqi military, which is often accused of heavy-handedness.
“The mechanisms in place for fighting terrorism are basic, limited and non-innovative,†he said. “I believe that the problem of terrorism cannot be solved via a military leader, but rather through security experts, surveillance technology, and training and developing the capabilities of the intelligence agencies.â€
Aegis, which is based in London, was founded by Tim Spicer, a former Scots Guard who also founded Sandline International, a private military company.
Aegis has had a presence in both Iraq and Afghanistan for most of the past decade, and has won multi-million-dollar contracts to protect US personnel.
Maj Gen Binns stressed that the new role in Basra would involve “consultancy†rater than “boots on the groundâ€.

Saward
 

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Good to see though. Nothing official on the web site, but that's probably not too surprising.
 

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Only 'Consultants' proposed at the moment.

That said, watch and shoot, watch and shoot!
 

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Americans are here,giving the support to IA and IP by drones and rockets...no troops on the ground in Anbar...
 

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Would love to go back... but I have destiny and an appointment with a serious Winter Adventure!

CD
 

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It looks as though the fun has gone out of the game though Carl and the money on offer isn't much good either by the look of it.
What d'you reckon 12/4 on $350-400 pd?
 

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It looks as though the fun has gone out of the game though Carl and the money on offer isn't much good either by the look of it.
What d'you reckon 12/4 on $350-400 pd?
Yes mate you are right... I first deployed in 2003, there were no manuals, no courses, no 'T' shirts... we pioneered, we adapted, we overcame and made money on the side in one of the oldest trading nations in the Human society, it was awesome! absolutely awesome! I don't care what anyone says, I have done much in my life including some awesome expeditions etc etc, Parachuted from 22,000' (more than once ha!) and all the rest of the Bollox that goes with it but that was one of the most exciting times of my life and the concept will never be repeated because now it is contrived...

You know Gareth some of the money wasn't that good back in 03/04 and 05... I think I am right in saying? and I have spoken with many colleagues and many operators on this? that the best paid guys out there at that time were Bremmers CP team... the rest of us? we were just also Rans mate...

Whoever it is I have to thank well..? Thanks for the memories...

Carl Dowd
Adventurer!
 

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When the SIA came in in 05 and fu cked all the good times up is when a lot of us called it a day.
Sort of like the boats- it was loads of fun for the 1st couple of years till all the bollock legislation came in from "authorities" that saw there was a few quid to be made and we all had to do courses that we didn't have to at the start.
Every theatre goes the same way eventually much to my annoyance.
You're right about the BW/Bremmer team- they really had it made and they loved to bigtime it even though they did fu ck up quite a bit too :)
Viva the also rans mate!
 

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So, here's a question then. If you decided to go back and were given a choice, who would you work for now, and why?
 

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RTD Group of small Enterprises... because they are awesome..! well that was an open door mate eh?

:) Good to hear from you Starlight... CD
 

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RTD Group of small Enterprises... because they are awesome..! well that was an open door mate eh?

:) Good to hear from you Starlight... CD
You to buddy. Hope you're well.

The only real problem I found with working in Iraq, was the distinct lack of a glacier. So no cries of 'the ice is in condition' or 'Grab your skis. Fancy a blast off the top? Inconsiderate gits.

Notwithstanding that, I'd go back, but fear the drop in money just wouldn't justify being on the new rotation which will be something like a year on for a day off, otherwise known as the 364/1
 

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It looks as though the fun has gone out of the game though Carl and the money on offer isn't much good either by the look of it.
What d'you reckon 12/4 on $350-400 pd?
Really? I haven't seen it advertised or are you on about The Circuit in general?
 

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In general mate....
Actually wouldn't be completely amazed if it was even less $ per day and an even shittier rotation.
 

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You to buddy. Hope you're well.

The only real problem I found with working in Iraq, was the distinct lack of a glacier. So no cries of 'the ice is in condition' or 'Grab your skis. Fancy a blast off the top? Inconsiderate gits.

Notwithstanding that, I'd go back, but fear the drop in money just wouldn't justify being on the new rotation which will be something like a year on for a day off, otherwise known as the 364/1
Yes mate... like it... I actually went for a walkabout up the Jebel Sannam..? (I think it was called) just for the hell of it, perhaps to just feel that little bit human again..! :)

Carl
 

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So, here's a question then. If you decided to go back and were given a choice, who would you work for now, and why?
In all honesty mate... and of a more serious note I think that you are ask a very serious question... and to be honest 'S' I wouldn't know who I would go back there with... It's just easier for me to say at my age that it is all over now and concentrate on other areas of my life...

If you are up for it mate how do you fancy a winter Adventure in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth outside of the 2 Polar caps..? it wouldn't transpire until mid Feb to May time... Give it some thought buddy...

C
 

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Actually, it's nice to see that Aegis have the contract away from the 'Usual Suspects'. I suspect they'll make a better go of it as well.
 
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