YEMEN (OBSERVATORY) – The Yemeni news channel al-Masirah, citing Arab media, reported that the United Arab Emirates was planning to recruit some 10,000 mercenaries to look for in Chad and Uganda.
Abu Dhabi’s decision is aimed at alleviating a possible withdrawal of Sudanese mercenaries from Yemen.
Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed is expected in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, to sign several memoranda of understanding, including one on the recruitment of 10,000 Ugandan soldiers to battle in Yemen and in Somalia.
According to well-informed sources, 8,000 Ugandan mercenaries will be sent to Yemen and 2,000 to Somalia to strengthen the ranks of the Emirati military.
According to the London -based Al-Quds al-Arabi daily , Chadian President Idriss Deby has returned to his country after participating in military maneuvers called the “Shield of the Peninsula” in Saudi Arabia.
According to well-informed Saudi sources, the visit of the Chadian president to Riyadh confirms somehow the conjectures regarding the recruitment of Chadian mercenaries by Saudi Arabia.
These forces will be tasked with supporting the Saudi military in land operations. The sources also added that this stemmed from a suggestion by Western leaders to Mohammed Salman, to strengthen relations between Riyadh and African countries having established relations with Israel.