Blood Money

Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions in Iraq

Johan Raath

An action-packed account of life as a private military contractor in Iraq, written with candor by an ex-South African Special Forces (recce) soldier.
Date Published :
July 2018
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94 b/w photos & images, 8 maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612006611
Pages : 344
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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‘I remember the cracking sound of the AK-47 bullets as they tore through our windscreen . . . A piece of bullet struck my bulletproof vest in the chest area and another piece broke off and lodged in my left forearm.’

Johan Raath and a security team were ambushed in May 2004 while on a mission to reconnoitre a power plant south of Baghdad for an American firm. He had been in the country for only two weeks. This was a taste of what was to come over the next few years as he worked as a private military contractor (PMC) in Iraq.

His mission? Not to wage war but to protect lives. Raath and his team provided security for engineers working on reconstruction projects in Iraq. Whether in the notorious Triangle of Death, in the deadly area around Ramadi or in the faction-ridden Basra, Raath had numerous hair-raising experiences.

Key to his survival was his training as a Special Forces operator, or Recce.

This riveting account offers a rare glimpse into the world of private military contractors and the realities of everyday life in one of the world’s most violent conflict zones.

About The Author

Johan Raath worked in Iraq as a private military contractor from 2004 to 2017. He offered specialised protection services to VIPs and sheiks, as well as engineers working on construction projects, oil field engineers and port construction workers. Raath is a former South African Special Forces operator, or Recce. In 1992 he started a security training company and did high-risk security work in Africa and has been involved in security missions in over 15 countries. Raath has also worked as a bodyguard for a number of presidents. His training and protection services have won him accolades, including from US government clients and USAID.

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