The United Arab Emirates have sent hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight in Yemen. This additional fighting force only serves to further destablise the Yemen that is already engulfed in war.

The Emirati’s through Blackwater Worldwide began training the force five years ago, with the Emirati military taking over training after Blackwater left.

“Mercenaries are an attractive option for rich countries who wish to wage war yet whose citizens may not want to fight,” said Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of “The Modern Mercenary.”

Latin American mercenaries are a sign of what’s to come,” he said talking about the global mercenary industry.

It is not known what their role is thus far.

The addition of these Colombian mercenaries compliment the hundreds of Sudanese soldiers that Saudi Arabia dispatched to Yemen.

In addition, a recent United Nations report cited claims that some 400 Eritrean troops might be embedded with the Emirati soldiers in Yemen — something that, if true, could violate a United Nations resolution restricting Eritrean military activities.

Dozens of Emirati special operations troops have died since they arrived in southern Yemen in August. A single rocket attack in early September killed 45, along with several Saudi and Bahrani soldiers.


P. Antonopoulos is currently a Candidate for an MA Degree, writing his dissertation on the Saudi-Iranian Geopolitical Rivalry in the Syrian War.

You can follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/oulosP

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