Monday, May 16, 2011

Blackwater private soldiers will train Arab militants

Cairo .- The UAE authorities acknowledged today that they have hired several private companies to train and advise the Armed Forces to meet its international military commitments, among other duties. The statement comes to meet a recent report from The New York Times reports on a millionaire contract between the UAE Armed Forces and a company of the founder of the U.S.

company Blackwater, Erik Prince, who is forming a unit of Colombian mercenaries and of other nationalities. Blackwater is accused of killing 17 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. XE Services was renamed and, according to American newspaper, last year paid $ 42 million in fines for training troops in Jordan and other countries.

A UAE military chief, in a statement released after midnight last official news agency WAM, said the UAE are turning to international contractors to provide training and operational development. The statement, signed by the Head of Human Resources and Administration of the UAE Armed Forces, General Juma Ali Khalaf al Hamiri, mentioned among those companies to the company R2, also known as Reflex and founded by Prince.

The company, founded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), "provides operational support, planning and training," the statement said. This cooperation with private contractors, says the official statement, allows the UAE Armed Forces "to make significant contributions in theaters of operations such as Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and, more recently, Libya." The statement, however, gives no details about the contract signed with Reflex and on the unity of mercenaries who, according to the American newspaper is receiving military training base in the UAE's Zayed Military City.

As reported by The New York Sunday Times, the contract signed between the UAE and representatives from Blackwater has a value of $ 529 million and seeks to create a unit of 800 foreign mercenaries. Among them are Colombian and other South African nationals who are being trained in secret at a facility in the UAE from U.S.

military retirees and veterans of the United Kingdom, Germany and the French Legion. According to the American newspaper, this military unit "is designed to perform special operations inside and outside the country, to defend oil and skyscrapers suppress terrorist attacks and internal rebellions." The unit should have been ready last March 31, but has problems in meeting the deadlines specified in the contract document that also plays The New York Times, along with the testimony of one of the Colombians who had been recruited.

Although it was anticipated that should comprise 800 troops, has lately been reduced to 580 members.

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