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Route Irish is a 2010 drama-thriller film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. It is set in Liverpool and focuses on the consequences suffered by private security contractors after fighting in the Iraq War. The title comes from the Baghdad Airport Road, known as "Route Irish". The film was selected for the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

The film opens on a ferry in Liverpool, as Fergus Molloy remembers the final messages sent to him by his lifelong friend Frankie, whose funeral he is to attend. The night before, Molloy unseals his friend's coffin as it lies wake to see his friend's badly injured corpse. At the funeral, Haynes (Jack Fortune) a director of the private military company Molloy and Frankie worked for, gives a eulogy praising Frankie and describing military contractors as the "unsung heroes of our time". Afterwards, Haynes and Walker explain to Frankie's family the circumstances of his death, though Molloy remains embittered and closely questions the two men. Later at the wake, Molloy attacks Haynes when he sees him distributing his business card to enlisted soldiers there. Rachel, bequeaths a package to Molloy, which Frankie had entrusted to a mutual friend with a note asking it be given to Molloy. With the help of an Iraqi musician, Molloy discovers a video on the phone which shows a member Frankie's team killing an innocent Iraqi family a few weeks before his death. Molloy becomes suspicious, and has friends still working for the firm in Iraq investigate the incident, but it has not been recorded. - Wikipedia



Christopher Walken (…) is a brutal mercenary who must fight the ultimate battle against his own conscience in this powerful action thriller with a "heart-thumping tempo" (The Hollywood Reporter). The Dogs Of War is a spectacular adventure that brilliantly captures the glory and horror of war. Jamie Shannon (Walken) is a cynical warrior-for-hire who feels truly alive only in the heat of battle, and now he's about to take on the most challenging assignment of his career: to invade a corrupt African dictatorship and shift control to the "puppet" of a powerful British corporation. To prepare, Shannon masterfully trains and equips a squad of deadly mercenaries with the latest and most destructive tactics and military hardware. But as their explosive assault begins, Shannon finds himself embroiled in an internal conflict of his own: Will this be his greatest triumph or has he sold his soul along with his battle expertise? (Adapted from a novel by Frederick Forsyth) - Amazon.com


Mixing action, humor, sentiment, and even a few righteous moral convictions, The Wild Geese is good, rousing fun. Released theatrically in 1978 (…), director Andrew V. McLaglen’s film depicts the adventures of a group of British mercenaries hired by a shady multinational corporation to free the benevolent leader of an African nation held captive by a ruthless dictator. Led by the caustic, no-nonsense Col. Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton), these soldiers of fortune are all stout fellows out to earn a big payday and restore a good man to his rightful place of power (the underlying message of universal racial brotherhood is effective, if somewhat simplistic), and they do their job swiftly and efficiently... at least until they're double-crossed by their venal, perfidious employers, at which point the film becomes a tale of survival and revenge. The cast, which also includes Richard Harris, Roger Moore, and a host of other fine veteran actors, is first-rate, the story-telling efficient, the dialogue entertaining (with occasional bursts of profanity), and the action reasonably exciting and not overly graphic. And even if the pace is somewhat leisurely by new millennium standards (we're nearly an hour into it before the actual mission starts), The Wild Geese is a very enjoyable ride. Bonus features include a profile of producer Euan Lloyd and commentary by Lloyd, Moore, and journalist Jonathan Sothcott. – Sam Graham / Amazon.com


Based On A True Story


War Dogs is a 2016 American semi-biographical dark comedy-crime film directed by Todd Phillips and based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. Lawson then wrote a book titled Arms and the Dudes detailing the story.

The film follows two arms dealers, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, who receive a US Army contract to supply munitions for the Afghan National Army worth approximately $300 million. The film is heavily fictionalized and dramatized, and some of its events, were either invented or based on other events - Wikipedia


Read the Rolling Stone's piece by Guy Lawson


Crime Watch Daily: Dudes Do drugs and International Arms Deals
22.10.2015 (8:24 min.)


Oversight Committee of the US Congress holds a Hearing about the
AEY Contracts with the US Governments
Questions of Chairman Henry Wax,am (Dem.), 2008 (6:39 min.)





Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is a 2006 documentary about the ongoing Iraq War and the behavior of companies with no-bid contracts working in Iraq. The movie was made by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films. Specifically, the film claims four major contractors – Blackwater, K.B.R.-Halliburton, CACI and Titan – are over-billing the U.S. government and doing substandard work while endangering the lives of American soldiers and private citizens. – Wikipedia





TEASER: Spoils of War, How Private Military Contractors
Legally Steal From Tax Payers
Brave New Fil,ms, 9.53 Min.


In Private Warriors, Frontline correspondent Martin Smith travels throughout Kuwait and Iraq to give viewers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at companies like Kellogg, Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, and its civilian army. KBR has 50,000 employees in Iraq and Kuwait that run U.S. military supply lines and operate U.S. military bases. KBR is also the largest contractor in Iraq, providing the Army with $11.84 billion dollars in services since 2002 (As of 2006). – PBS / Frontline






Shadow Company is a documentary directed by Nick Bicanic and Jason Bourque and narrated by Gerard Butler. It is an introduction to the mercenary and Private Military Company industry, concentrating on the role the industry has been playing in recent conflicts. (…) The documentary film is not presented with a complete voice narrative nor a linear story-telling structure. Instead, most of the documentary deals with the issues presented in a topical fashion. At certain intervals in the documentary, the audience is read different letter excerpts from a security contractor named James Ashcroft (…). The letter scenes explain the details of James work and life in Iraq. – Wikipedia





(Full Documentary, official, 95 Min.)



Romuald Karmakar (…) gibt einen Einblick in die Welt zweier Menschen, die vom Krieg leben bzw. lebten. Ohne direkt zu kommentieren oder gar zu verdammen, gibt Karmakar seinen Protagonisten Raum zum Erzählen, Reflektieren und Rechtfertigen. Zusätzliche Würze erhält der Film durch den Kontrast zwischen den beiden: während der Ex-Fremdenlegionär Aschenbrenner nun ein Leben als der "nette ältere Herr von nebenan" führt, lebt Karl noch in seiner eigenen Welt des Krieges, die er nur mit Hilfe von Drogen verarbeiten kann. – Video Woche / Amazon.de

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