An agreement has been recently concluded between Saudi Arabia and the notorious Academi security company (formerly known as Blackwater), claimed Dhahi Khalfan, deputy chief of Dubai Police in a tweet.
According to the contentious security chief, the UAE-brokered agreement has been signed between Mohammad Bin Salman–the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and Erik Prince, a resident of UAE, and Craig Nixon the company’s incumbent CEO.
The deal was orchestrated by Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The $539 million-agreement guarantees Saudi Arabia 1400 Academi security servicemen who will engage in combat actions along with Saudi Armed Forces in neighboring Yemen.
The newly-joined mercenaries will allegedly be deployed to subdue the local Yemeni tribes who not only refused to fight along the Saudi-led coalition and, but also showed explicit support to the national Yemeni army and Houthi fighters.
Unclassified reports claimed that Saudi regime vowed to guarantee the safety of Academi security personnel through wielding its influence among the active al-Qaeda militants in Yemen to prevent any possible attack.
Codenamed Operation ‘Decisive Storm’, Saudi Arabia spearheads a coalition of nine Arab States against Yemeni Army and revolutionary committees to re-inaugurate its proxy government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The operation has not yet achieved its political and military objectives, but tragically enough, killed, wounded and displaced hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians.
Lt Gen. Khalfan said that Saudi government is obliged to compensate each dead Academi mercenary family with $ 300.000, whereas a mere bagatelle of $ 35,000 is being paid for local Yemeni mercenaries and $ 150,000 for any foreign fighters.
The US-based Network Times published an article in November 2015, providing irrefutable evidences that UAE has dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen.