Unity Resources Group

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Unity Resources Group
Type Private military security firm
Industry Government contracting, private security
Founded 2000
Founders Martin Simich, Gordon Conroy
Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Divisions Unity Pakistan, Unity Iraq, Security Solutions Asia [1]
Website http://www.unityresourcesgroup.com/

Unity Resources Group is an Australian-owned[2] private military company headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, founded in 2000, which describes itself as having a "diverse client base, spanning government, non-government and multi-national business sectors."[3] The company is mainly staffed by Australian nationals[4] and is a member of the Private Security Company Association of Iraq (PSCAI) and the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA).[5]

Background[edit]

Unity Resources Group (Unity) is an integrated risk mitigation solutions provider for clients in complex, challenging and fragile environments globally. The group was established in Australia in 1996 and today operates across the core markets of Australia, Africa, The Americas, the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe.[6]

Services[edit]

Unity Resources Group currently offers the following services:[7]

  • Risk and Secuity Services
  • Procurement and Logistics
  • Aviation Services
  • Medical Services
  • Executive Services

Subsidiary Companies[edit]

Australia

  • Unit Resources Group Pty Ltd
  • Unity Risk Pty Ltd
  • Unity Protection Services Pty Ltd
  • Australian Event Protection (WA) Pty Ltd
  • Unity Executive Services (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • UnityQube Pty Ltd

Asia

  • Unity Resources Pakistan Pvt Ltd
  • PT URG
  • Unity Resources Group (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Unity Resources Group Pte Ltd

Middle East

  • Unity Resources Group Pte Ltd – Dubai Branch
  • Unity OSG FZE

Africa

  • Unity Resources Group (Kenya) Ltd
  • Unit Resources Medical Services Southern Sudan Ltd
  • Unity Resources Support Services Southern Sudan Ltd

Europe

  • Unity Resources Group UK Ltd
  • Unity Aviation Ltd [8]

Incidents[edit]

On October 9, 2007, employees of the company shot at an approaching car in Baghdad. Two civilian women, both in the front seat, were killed: Marou Awanis, 48, a mother of three, and Genevia Askander, 30. The shooting has provoked strong outrage in Iraq, since it follows closely on the Blackwater Baghdad shootings of September 16, 2007 that led to the Iraqi government's attempt to ban Blackwater from Iraq.[9] Both women have been identified as Armenian Christians.[10][11]

The company defends the actions of its employees who fired over nineteen rounds of ammunition before speeding away from the scene.[12][13] URG is the security provider for USAID contractor RTI International. RTI was however not the client under protection when the shooting occurred.[14] The passengers in the back seat, including one child, survived the incident.[9]

In March 2006, a URG employee was blamed in the shooting of a 72-year-old Australian at a checkpoint in Baghdad.[14] The victim, Professor Kays Juma, had been a resident of Baghdad for 25 years and drove through the city every day. It was alleged that he sped up his vehicle as he approached the guards.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ unityresourcesgroup
  2. ^ Security company Unity Resources Group defends shooting by Mary Dunn, Herald Sun (Australia), October 11, 2007.
  3. ^ About Unity from the Unity Resource Group website.
  4. ^ Dubai security firm admits to latest Iraq shooting, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Co.) & Reuters, Oct 10, 2007
  5. ^ http://www.unityresourcesgroup.com/ Unity Resource Group website
  6. ^ "International Development - Unity Resources Group". devex.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Unity Resources Group | Risk Management". unityresourcesgroup.com. 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Unity Resources Group | Contacts". unityresourcesgroup.com. 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Aussies in Iraqi firing line by Tom Allard and Craig Skehan, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 11, 2007.
  10. ^ 2 Women Killed in Security Shooting Are Buried in Iraq by Andre E. Kramer and James Glanz, The New York Times, October 11, 2007.
  11. ^ Private security guards kill two Iraqi Christian women, Daily News wire services, Oct. 10, 2007.
  12. ^ Security company Unity Resources Group defends shooting by Mary Dunn, Herald Sun (Australia),October 11, 2007.
  13. ^ Threat Levels by Daniel Politi, Slate, Oct. 10, 2007.
  14. ^ a b Funeral for 2 Slain in Security Shooting by Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press, October 10, 2007.[dead link]
  15. ^ "Australia withdraws troops guarding Iraq embassy". ABC News. Retrieved 10 August 2011.