Monday, May 16, 2011
By Kim Sengupta, Defence Correspondent
"The founder of the controversial security company Blackwater – whose employees faced criminal charges over the killing of civilians in Iraq – is setting up a paramilitary force of foreign mercenaries in Abu Dhabi, it has been claimed.
Fighters from Colombia and South Africa have been flown into the Emirate, where the Sunni rulers are deeply apprehensive about the popular unrest of the "Arab Spring" as well as the perceived threat from Shia Iran.
Erik Prince, who sold his stake in Blackwater, had arranged a $529m deal to form an 800-strong battalion with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Sandhurst-trained Abu Dhabi Crown Prince who is the effective ruler of the United Arab Emirates, according to reports....."