When Neil Reynolds was first asked in 2003 whether he’d like to
work in Iraq as a private military contractor, he didn’t even know
where it was on the map. But he would soon learn the ins and outs
of working and surviving in one of the world’s most violent
conflict zones. Reynolds was part of one of the first groups of
South Africans to start private military security companies in
Iraq. His refreshingly honest account tells of all the numerous
challenges they faced: from finding a safe hotel in Baghdad to
being forced to buy guns on the black market and dodging bullets on
several hair-raising protection missions. He describes their
successful low profile strategy where they tried to blend in with
the local Iraqis in their choice of vehicles and clothing. Reynolds
also tells the tragic story of his four South African colleagues
who were kidnapped and killed in Baghdad in 2006. His candid
observations and dry humour offers a unique perspective on the
harsh realities of the life of a private military contractor.
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