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Keenie Meenie

Keenie Meenie

The British Mercenaries Who Got Away with War Crimes

by Phil Miller

An explosive account of a secret group of mercenaries based on newly declassified documents.

Keenie Meenie Services - the most powerful mercenary company you've never heard of - was involved in war crimes around the world from Sri Lanka to Nicaragua for which its shadowy directors have never been held accountable.

Like its mysterious name, Keenie Meenie Services escaped definition and to this day has evaded sanctions. Now explosive new evidence - only recently declassified - exposes the extent of these war crimes, and the British government's tacit support for the company's operations. Including testimonies from SAS veterans, spy chiefs and diplomats, we hear from key figures battle-hardened by the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the Iranian Embassy siege. Investigative journalist Phil Miller asks, who were these mercenaries: heroes, terrorists, freedom fighters or war criminals?

This book presents the first ever comprehensive case against Keenie Meenie Services, providing long overdue evidence on the crimes of the people who make a killing from killing.

Phil Miller is an investigative journalist and producer. His reporting on British special forces has triggered two government probes. He has worked for Corporate Watch and Reprieve, and writes freelance pieces for many publications including Private Eye, Vice, Guardian and New Internationalist.

'An excellent book' - Military History Matters

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'The pace and narrative are Le Carre-esque, but made even more compelling by the fact that the events are true' - Joe Glenton, ForcesWatch

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'Lifts the lid on KMS's activities and the men behind it' - Daily Mail

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'Very, very explosive' - Qasa Alom, BBC Asian Network

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'The UK's most important investigative journalist' - Mark Curtis, author of Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam

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'Remarkable' - Paul Rogers, Open Democracy

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'Miller pilots you into a twilight world, where the pioneers of a rapacious industry blaze a trail of death and destruction across the continents, with a nod and a wink from Whitehall. This is the riveting story of HMG’s dirty secret service: an investigative tour de force' - Jonathan Miller, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News

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'Draws forensic inferences to create leads and story-trails'

- Irish Times

'Compelling and accessible'

- Counterfire

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Map of the Arabian Peninsula
Map of Sri Lanka
Timeline
Photographs
Acknowledgements
Prologue
Introduction: Return of the Privateers
1. White Sultan of Oman
2. Bodyguards and Business Building
3. Teenage Rebellions
4. The Upside Down Jeep
5. Oliver North’s British Mercenary
6. The Exploding Hospital
7. Mercenaries and Mujahideen
8. The English Pilot
9. Grenades in Wine Glasses
10. Bugger Off My Land!
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Published by Pluto Press in Jan 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340791
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745340784
eBook ISBN: 9781786805843

352 pages

129mm x 198mm

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