UAE Sending Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen: Sources
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has secretly sent some 300 Colombian mercenaries to fight for it in Yemen, paying handsomely to recruit a private army of well-trained, battle-hardened South American soldiers, sources told AFP.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Colombians' experience fighting leftist guerrillas and drug traffickers in their home country made them attractive recruits for the UAE, whose relatively inexperienced army is part of an Arab coalition helping Yemen's government fight a war against Houthi revolutionaries.
"Colombian soldiers are highly prized for their training in fighting guerrillas," one source, a Colombian former army officer, told AFP in Bogota.
"Colombians have so many years of experience in war that they can take it."
The presence of Colombian troops in Yemen's bloody conflict further complicates the situation in the impoverished country. Colombian soldiers are frequently recruited by international private security firms for jobs in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.