Abu Dhabi backs Olive in fight for key Baghdad-Amman road
With strong backing from Abu Dhabi and Washington, Olive Group finds itself in a tussle for control of the highly strategic road from Baghdad to Amman. [...]
Academi, the former-X Services better known by its former name Blackwater, was founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, an ex-Navy SEAL. Under its former name, the company has provided private security services to the US government bodies including the CIA, the Department of State and the Department of Defense. It now belongs to the Constellis Group, a key player in the sector.
LASA Engineering, which was founded by Erik Prince but is now owned by a Bulgarian aviation firm, is touting itself as an ITAR-free alternative to the companies that convert agricultural planes for anti-guerrilla deployment. [...]