6 Private armies are increasingly part of corporate operations in the ThirdWorld. How one officer found himself defending Shell’s grab for oil againstthe people of the Niger Delta.

Mercenaries on the Front Lines inthe New Scramble for Africa

Andrew Rowell and James Marriott

“I like Nigeria. I like the pulse of Africa. It is very stimulating. I will miss it.”1 Nigel Watson-Clark always had a flair for excitement and a challenge. For twelve years, he saw active military service as a British Royal Marine, but he also had a passion for skydiving. A British national skydiving coach, he spent six years competing in championships.

Like many ex-service personnel, after leaving the Marines he took a variety of jobs, such as running a sky-diving school ...

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