United Arab Emirates Dispatched Hundreds Of Colombian Mercenaries To Yemen, US PMCs Involved

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United Arab Emirates Dispatched Hundreds Of Colombian Mercenaries To Yemen, US PMCs Involved

Credit: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

According to The New York Times, 450 Latin American fighters have been contracted by private US companies and directly by the government of the UAE to join hundreds of Sudanese soldiers whom Saudi Arabia has recruited to fight there as part of the coalition. It is the first combat deployment for a foreign army that the Emirates has built over the past five years The program was once managed by a private company connected to Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide, but the people involved in the effort said that his role ended several years ago and that it has since been run by the Emirati military.

Colombian, Panamanian, Salvadorean and Chilean soldiers arrived to battle the Houthi rebels who have pushed the Yemeni government out of the capital, Sana. Most of the soldiers are Colombian, as Emirati officials consider them more battle tested in guerrilla warfare, having spent decades battling gunmen of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the jungles of Colombia. According to Huffington Post, the Colombians claim to have contracts directly with the Emirati military, while in El Salvador contracting goes through a national company subcontracted by Northrup Grumman. According to Colombian reports, their mercenaries receive less than half what European or US soldiers get. Despite this, they still make on average five times more than what they would earn in their home countries.

Forbes reports that Northrup Grumman absorbed an obscure company called Vinnelli that holds a $819 million-dollar contract to provide personnel for the Saudi National Guard, dating back to 1975.

It cannot be known for sure if the hundreds of Latin American mercenaries were trained in the United States or by the US military in their own countries. The US government does not reveal the names of the soldiers or police that it has trained, nor is there a public registry of mercenaries.

The United States has also been participating in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, providing logistical support, including airborne refueling, to the nations conducting the airstrikes. The Pentagon has sent a team to Saudi Arabia to provide targeting intelligence to the coalition militaries that is regularly used for the airstrikes.

The Obama administration has also in recent years approved the sale of billions of dollars’ worth of military hardware from American contractors to the Saudi and Emirati militaries, equipment that is being used in the Yemen conflict. This month, the administration authorized a $1.29 billion Saudi request for thousands of bombs to replenish stocks that had been depleted by the campaign in Yemen, although American officials say that the bombs would take months to arrive and were not directly tied to the war in Yemen.

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  • Mountains

    They won’t fight the houthis but rather Ansar-Shariah(AQAP)……. Once I heard Blackwater I knew the target was AQAP not houthis

    • Ivanus59

      I don’t believe that…

    • Ivan Freely

      A repeat of Syria. “We’re fighting against ISIS!” when in reality, they were fighting against the SAA.

      • You can call me Al

        ISIS and AQ are already in The Yemen, AQ for many years.

  • Garga

    How the weapons and bombs they sell to Saudis and Emiratis are not directly tied to their crime against humanity in Yemen, but they can link a pump or controller (which are used in hydro-electric generators) to “terror” if purchased by Iran? How can they block the sales of a Siemens gas turbine to Russia by connecting it to the “Russian aggression”?

    How do their people believe this drivel?

    • Ivan Freely

      It’s called politics.

    • It’s called brainwashing, and do not for a minute understimate it. That’s how they control the world. They have a huge variety of tricks.

    • RichardD

      Many of us don’t. It’s why America First won the election over Israel first.

  • WinstonSmith

    Colombia’s an utter lapdog of the US, the “peace” Nobel-winnig president saying they’re “proud to be called the ISrael of Latin America”. So Colombians in ISIS or al-Qaeda isn’t anything new, there are Mexicans as well. ISrael/US has trained large paramilitary terrorist forces all over Latin America

    • Serious Dude

      Where does it say that Colombians are joining ISIS?

      • WinstonSmith

        I didn’t say “join”, they might get off the plane with ISIS uniforms on to go “undercover” right away or something; but like in Syria, the US/ISIS/GCC/ISrael/al-Qaeda are generally on the same side in Yemen. Since those colombians are brought by the US…

        US/ISraeli-trained Colombian and Mexican paramilitaries share ISIS predilection for decapitations either way.

    • Pave Way IV

      The US had something called Plan Colombia that was suppose to be a kind of Marshall Plan to rebuild the country. Started in 2000 and ran through 2015. The plan quickly morphed into a scheme to arm, train and equip the Colombian military, paramilitary and police. To this end, the US spent $8 BILLION while it tossed a token $2 billion at social programs (which was mostly stolen). The average Colombians saw none of that money and their lives have not changed one bit. Instead, they got a psychopathic Colombian jack-booted thug military and police that kill other Colombians with impunity, and they are every bit as cruel as their Israeli trainers.

      In the mean time, I’m paying for several bases and 1,000 Marines stationed in Colombia today for God-knows-what reason. Invasion of Venezuela to steal its land and resources? Probably. The US blew it with sanctions on Venezuela and the Russian oil oligarchs are just swarming the place. Time for another US “It’s NOT about the oil!” regime-changing.

      • You can call me Al

        Drugs and the drug road directly from Afghanistan.

    • Colombia may be. The FARC and a dozen other Communist inspired terror groups are not.

  • alejoeisabel

    The cowardly Colombian and Salvadorian mercenaries gained valuable military experience in their respective counties murdering woman and children. They, however, could not defeat the FARC nor the FMLN.

  • Ivan Freely

    It’s sad to see Latin American governments are this easily manipulated. On the other hand, they probably see this as an opportunity to prevent skill atrophy among their military.

    • Jc Plancarte

      mercenaries do not need permission from their governments to go off to fight for money somewhere else. heck, they do not even need a passport and go through immigration office. They probably get airlifted by the CIA through diplomatic channels, or through clandestine airlift operations!!!

    • You can call me Al

      They are and are not Latin American governments ….. they are an extension of the US government in these Latin American Countries ….. they sold their soul.

  • Serious

    Gulf arabs people are just disgusting people. Like Americans, How can’t you loose hope for humanity ?

    There is no hope for humanity. Humans are just garbage.

  • Serious

    Reset the world without humans. Humans are an error of nature. Animals are better than humans.

    • Jc Plancarte

      go ahead, start with yourself.exterminate yourself, first, or are you an animal with a facebook account???!!!

      • Serious

        I never had fakebook. I will live the rest of my life knowing that when I will die, I will be free from this garbage humans. So, knowing that this planet is becoming garbage and that the next generations will be enslaved people make me rather enjoy the rest of my life enjoying the real beauty (nature) and stop working for this fake society.

        The next generations will be enslaved people. They will live to be slaves in a matrix.

        • RichardD

          I don’t see a lot of Indians living in tepees on the reservation. Most of them prefer houses and cars.

          • Serious

            Indians have been destroyed inside. Like Aborigens they are just like walking dead. Most of them are alcoholic. Of course, it’s good to have some comfort. Most people have a car and they don’t use it. People use their car 4% of their time. With driveless cars, the need of a car will drop and people will not buy a car. They will even stop have the right to own a car because the infrastructure will be exclusively driveless and human intervention will be prohibited.

            And you can notice that big corporations like Google and Fakebook are working on that. And it is not for your good.

            In the futur, people will be like aborigens and the natives : walking dead with house and cars. But, without freedom to think, without freedom to speak, without freedom to express opinion, without freedom to drive, …. you will become like the Natives and Aborigens. There is always something ironic about things like that.

          • RichardD

            That’s probably not going to happen on a planet with hundreds of millions of guns. China has the second highest number of privately owned guns behind the US. Nobody turned them in. And it’s unlikely that they’l be outlawed in the US or many other places.

  • Daniel Castro

    Make a favour for us here in South America and please dispose of their bodies on the desert, don’t bother informing our embassies about their whereabouts.

  • Serious

    Please start WW3 and exterminate humans from Earth.

    • Gabriel Hollows

      Go away Mr. Alien.

      • Serious

        Humans are not needed anymore.

        • Talk is cheap. Prove your words by self deleting.

          • Serious

            I’ve proven thas are garbade. That’s why you are on this page.

          • You’ve proven that you are an illiterate simpleton! :D

          • Serious

            Why are you here ? To see that humans are garbage especially those who claim that they are very good and very nice.

          • I’m here to pizz you off, Chumpwagon.

      • You can call me Al

        I couldn’t read it’s comments as I blocked it, but I can guess what it said to an extent.

  • Serious

    I’m amazed that religious people, that are supposed to be the most peaceful people, are in fat the worst people on earth. Abrahamic believers are the worst people on Earth ever. Even an animal worth all of them.

    Abrahamic believers have been chosen from “god” to see what is the worst of his creation.

    • Jc Plancarte

      They are mercenaries,fighting for more money than they can earn back home, plus a promised lump sum to survivors if they get killed. These are mostly idle soldiers and ex-guerrillas with little job options. easy pickings for US and Saudi recruiters for their dirty wars!!! None of this wouldn’t be happenning if it were not for the rothchilds, rockefellers, soros, and the military-industrial complex pushing these dirty wars for their god, money!!!! So stop your anti_Abrahamic bigoted tirade. You are smearing a lot of good people of faith when you group them together with these money-worshipping monsters and the wahabi, salafist, zionist animals!!!!

      • Serious

        The fact is that the people who claim to be the most peaceful and nicest people are just the worst people on Earth. They even enroll very poor people that will die to give money to their families by killing people they have never meet whatsoever. It’s just pathetic. You don’t kill people for a paycheck !!

        And it shows how the human beings are garbage especially the abrahamic followers that are the worst.

  • enriqueferro

    They were spotted in Libya too.

  • Jc Plancarte

    This is an old story; years old!!! Notice how the story still citing the obama administration as if if that deep-sate puppet was still in the white house!!!!

    • RichardD

      Even out going president’s can fight back. He did pass 2334 on the way out.

  • Serious

    People are building driveless cars with AI technology. I’m pretty sure that if those cars are deployed, the number of car accidents will significally drop. Most car accidents have a human cause. 90% of car accidents are human fault.

    In fact, it doesn’t bother some people to drive when they are drunk or when they have smoke some weed or to play Fast and Furious in the road.

    So, “god” created an imprefect creature and the Bible says that humans have been created “in the image of god”. Yes, a god very bad, imperfect and criminal. But, the reality is that humans created god in the image of humans !

    So, humans don’t apply anymore because they lack basic morality.

    Humans are going AI because they can’t trust anymore humans. Humans will better trust a robot than a human in the future.

  • juan carlos ayala

    more cannon meat

    • You can call me Al

      (cannon fodder)

  • Bobby Twoshoes

    “The Pentagon has sent a team to Saudi Arabia to provide targeting intelligence to the coalition militaries that is regularly used for the airstrikes”. So that must be how they manage to kill so many civilians and destroy so much civil infrastructure, I guess weddings are easier to spot with a satellite than camouflaged military targets.

  • This is news of November 2015. More interesting is whether the UAE and Saudi still hire new mercenaries.

    • You can call me Al

      I am glad you said that, I was getting worried that I was a visionary or something.

      You must remember with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, that most of their armed forces are paid mercenaries with a uniform …..90+ foreign of all religions, so I would take a guess of “Yes they are still hiring mercenaries”.

      • I don’t know that from the Saudi. And their are no reports that UAE are still hiring mercenaries. Guessing could be right, but hard confirmation is much stronger. Anyway both countries are Fake-Islam and satanic. Reasons enough to despise them,

        • You can call me Al

          via Blackwater – apologies but I cannot copy the link at this moment… please search it.

  • MeMadMax

    LOL, foolhardy at best…

    I mean, is this serious? Sending mercenaries that have been used to jungle fighting all their lives are now in the middle of mountainous desert terrain…

    WOW. This outta be funny as hell…