Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises
Alfred: He's a mercenary. No other known names. Him and his men were behind a coup in West Africa that secured mining operations for our friend John Daggett.
Bruce Wayne: Now Daggett's brought them here.
I think it's pretty clear that Bane had his own operation going until Talia brought him in. The fact that he's implied to have men of his own makes me wonder if they were assimilated into the LOS along with him. His men were willing to die for him, and his right hand man Barsad was shown to clearly be enamored with him. Not to mention the LOS seemed decidedly less "ninja" and more like a band of mercenaries in this film.
In BB, there's a lot of mercenary style men with the red scarves hanging around in the background at the monastery. Some of them show themselves again in Wayne Manor dressed appropriately for the party. In the flashbacks in TDKR, the guys that come down with Ra's are also in the mercenary outfits with red scarves.
Those guys that attacked the plane in the prologue seemed a lot more competent than some of those other guys we saw later in the film.