December 10, 2015
A tank operated by
fires at a position
of Yemeni fighters in the Labanat area,
northern provinces of al-Jawf and Marib
on December 5, 2015.
A new report says mercenaries and military advisers from the
infamous US security firm, formerly
known as Blackwater, are replacing
UAE troops in the Saudi war in Yemen.
al-Akhbar newspaper said on
Thursday UAE forces are being gradually replaced by recruits from
the US-based private military contractor, which now
goes by the name, Acamedi.
The move came after the UAE evacuated some of its military sites in
Yemen following its failures in several operations, the Lebanese
According to al-Akhbar, UAE's move to involve the private military
contractor in the Yemen conflict has raised objections among some
members of the Saudi-led coalition.
On Wednesday, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah news website said
the commander-in-chief of Blackwater mercenaries in the country (a
was killed in the al-Omari district of Ta'izz
Some Australian, British and French advisers and commanders, plus
half a dozen Colombian soldiers, were
reportedly among the dead. The
mercenaries are part of the Emirati forces that help Saudi Arabia
in its war against the impoverished nation.
Blackwater has had to change its name several times due to its ill
fame around the world.
The company which went by the alias
Xe Services before its current name
is one of the most notorious private security firms in the world for
killing scores of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen.
Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since March
The Saudi strikes were launched to
Ansarullah movement and bring
fugitive former president
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a
staunch ally of Riyadh, back to power.