UAE: American-led foreign soldiers could be used to subdue local political unrest?

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan


The establishment of the R2 force raises the question of whether American-led foreign soldiers could be used to subdue local political unrest, such as the pro-democracy movements in neighbouring Bahrain. Mr Karasik said that, while the force was located in Abu Dhabi, it would probably serve all of the seven emirates that form the UAE. FT New Yorker
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is launching an investigation into Prince’s work in the UAE. “The man who brought us Blackwater, a company whose name has become synonymous with the worst of contractor abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been hired to put together a mercenary army that could be used to suppress a revolt or attack pro-democracy protesters,” Schakowsky said. ”
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