The airbase in a northern Syria city that was abandoned by the U.S. has been taken over by Russia. The newly launched base was invaded by Turkey last month. Reports, now, claim that it was both Turkish and Russian mercenaries. These military contractors are being used more than ever before by Russia and Saudi Arabia. It is a sneaky form of warfare that does not rely on who has the most F-35’s or aircrafts. Sean McFate, a former Army officer and private military contractor says, ‘More countries are using mercenaries, because war is becoming sneakier.’ Mercenaries, little green men, special forces and propaganda are ‘turning the tides of war.’ It skirts on the edge of plausible deniability, which McFate defines as ‘countries not taking responsibility for a military conflict.’
Plausible deniability powers modern warfare because of the global information age we live in. For example, Russia did not take on Ukraine with old ways of war; they used plausible deniability, sneaking their way in with a ghost occupation. And as a result, there was nothing but a ‘fait accompli’ once tanks showed up.
Read more from this article on who becomes a mercenary, how mercenaries change the nature of conflict, the drawbacks of using mercenaries, how the U.S. uses military contractors, and much more.