The fighter pilot, the mercenary boss, and the warlord: a modern Libyan war story

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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