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Eeben Barlow: Training African armies on the ground

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The success Barlow and his teams have had in turning around African armies hasn’t always sat well with the big players in Africa.

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Eeben Barlow: Training African armies on the ground

Eeben Barlow: Former Army specialist and founder of a private military company.

If, as the old saying goes, old soldiers fade away, then Eeben Barlow will be fading into the African jungle or savannah, clad in camouflage fatigues, rifle in hand, training troops or preparing to lead them into battle. Now in his 60s, Barlow has been called many things in his life-long military career: mercenary, hired gun, dog of war, racist, spook. None of that worries him. It’s enough, he says, lighting up another smoke, that good soldiers – and good people around Africa, both black and white – call him comrade and friend. Barlow, who began his career as a...

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