Inside the ‘Blackwater of Jihad’: The private security company training extremists in Syria

Malhama Tactical is an Islamist private military contractor that means business and has operated across a number of states, including Syria – its name means ‘great war’ or Armageddon

They wear the latest and most advanced body armour and helmets, camouflage gear and anti-ballistic sunglasses: the fashion statement favoured by frontline private security companies across the world’s combat zones. But Malhama Tactical is not from the West like most of the others. Its fighters are in Syria training Islamists: a “Blackwater of jihad” who have found a new way of cashing in on the self-styled “caliphate”.

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