Simon Mann: ‘We can use mercenaries to defeat Isil’

It is late morning in a cafe in London’s Sloane Square, and over coffee and croissants, the ex-mercenary Simon Mann is sketching out a plot to topple the Islamic State. Perhaps not suprisingly for someone who spent five years in jail for his role in the botched “Wonga Coup”, he makes it clear that he has no immediate plans to do so. But if someone did ring up for his help – just as they did in Equatorial Guinea, and before that in Angola and Sierra Leone – here is how he’d go about it.

“If someone from the Iraqi government said ‘Okay Simon, we have got the money for you to put together a 2,000-strong force’, I would tell them ‘yes, we could probably do something useful’,” says the Eton-educated former Scots Guard and SAS man. “Isil are probably more terrifying than they are competent, and it all comes down to training and experience at the end of the day.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Mercenaries at least would do the work governments are unwilling to do. He ought to place an ad in Soldier of Fortune.

  • Alain

    I must agree that it would take something like that instead of regular military from West who are expected to fight with one arm tied behind their back, to say nothing of all the useless, and in fact dangerous when applied to the military, PC crap. It is because of this that we have the likes of Khadr and a whole lot more still walking around and seeking to sue everyone they can.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Do real mercenaries eat croissants?

      • canminuteman

        Having a croissant and espresso first thing in the morning at a Montparnasse café is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated. You cannot get a real croissant anywhere but France, and as much as I have a built in hatred of all things French (being a Canadian and Englishman), I have to admit that the French bakers are the best in the world.

      • Minicapt

        Real mercenaries eat what they like to eat …

        Cheers

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Quiche, too?

          • Minicapt

            Quiche with bacon is good for you.

            Cheers

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Not gonna argue with that.

    • I am inclined to agree. Let them loose to deal with ISIS and their many many sympathizers as they please.

  • Observer

    But you can’t know what results you will get for your money out of mercenaries like you can out of

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    As well as mercenaries to actually fight, they would also have to block all media from the area until the fighting is over.
    All sides (Sunni and Shia), but especially the left, will attempt to spin this as for their own gain, so they all must be kept out.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Media, shoot on sight.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        More or less, yes!
        Journalists have enslaved more people than they ever liberated.

  • rufusrastasjohnsonbrown

    Not sure why anybody would want to put their life on the line for the crap leadership that runs the west these days unless it is mucho moneys.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’m not a hard man.
      The only way I can make the mucho moneys is to go freeze up north.

  • Clausewitz

    The use of Mercenaries usually denotes the end of that particular civilization. If the general population sees no reason to fight for their heritage, they’re done.

    • andycanuck

      Good point.

      • Clausewitz

        The Brits seem to be the most recent example of this.