In conflict zones around the world, battles are increasingly being fought not just by armies, but by private military contractors operating as guns for hire.
These mercenaries live in a shadowy world away from the public eye where the normal rules of combat don’t apply.
In 2019, a group of private military contractors allegedly made a failed attempt to overthrow a Middle Eastern government.
The operation fell through when the warlord they were working for accused the mercenaries of failing to deliver on a contract worth tens of millions of dollars.
The team’s hasty escape lifted the lid on a plot worthy of a blockbuster novel.
Four Corners investigates this murky world and the Australian military man accused of being at the heart of it.
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