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A secret army in UAE

A major challenge to putting down an internal uprising is that soldiers are often disinclined to kill their countrymen.  The United Arab Emirates’ solution, according to this New York Times article, is to pay Blackwater Worldwide to build a secret army of foreigners.

In outsourcing critical parts of their defense to mercenaries — the soldiers of choice for medieval kings, Italian Renaissance dukes and African dictators — the Emiratis have begun a new era in the boom in wartime contracting that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. And by relying on a force largely created by Americans, they have introduced a volatile element in an already combustible region where the United States is widely viewed with suspicion

The contract to build the private army is supposedly more than $500 million, a large sum but not approaching the amount the United States has paid to Blackwater in defense contracts.  The interesting twist that the article brings up is Iran:

Although there was no expectation that the mercenary troops would be used for a stealth attack on Iran, Emirati officials talked of using them for a possible maritime and air assault to reclaim a chain of islands, mostly uninhabited, in the Persian Gulf that are the subject of a dispute between Iran and the U.A.E., the former employees said. Iran has sent military forces to at least one of the islands, Abu Musa, and Emirati officials have long been eager to retake the islands and tap their potential oil reserves.

The article ends with a discussion of the personnel problems facing the force.  Recruitment has been difficult, and soldiers are consistently dismissed for drug use or other disciplinary problems.

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