Mate, I'm curious to a lot of your claims, if Crescent didn't close, they stopped doing convoys, what's the difference?
Did the families receive the Insurances from Crescent because it's been reported that they did not.
I knew a few Crecent guys who were based in Adder.....
I'm a little sceptical of your claims that Crescent offered to pay the ransoms, this sounds like it's Company line, I take it you were part of the management there?
I was in Basra COB when the remains of the guys were repatriated, I didn't see any Crescent guys for the 9 months I was there, running Convoys, their camps at Safwan and Adder were no longer in use....doesn't sound like a company still operating to me mate.
The reputation of Crescent was NOT the best in Iraq, their website broke so many OPSEC and PERSEC issues, right down to how they rolled, and had guys faces splashed all over it....Then there was the Rolling Stone Article about Wolf Weiss, "The Rock and Roll Mercenary" it done nothing to enhance contractors images in Iraq.
What happened to the 5 lads were a travesty, and should never have happened, but it did.....as for the 5 Brit lads, just because you're no hearing anything in the media, does not mean there are things ongoing behind the scenes, the FO have asked for no media involvement, I know 4 of the guys personally, and am in touch with friends with one of them on a regular basis....thay have NOT been forgotten.....as for the 4 SA's that's a weird one, I even heard they robbed this convoy themseleves and "dissapeared" but again, it's only rumours.
Crescent did not have a good reputation amongst other Security companys in Iraq for whatever reasons....