The first battalion of militants trained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is now ready to join other Saudi-backed mercenaries fighting on the ground against Yemeni armed forces.
The official Emirates News Agency published video footage of a ceremony, marking the end of the pro-Saudi militants’ training process in the Yemeni port city of Aden.
The ceremony was also attended by Brigadier General Saleh Ali Hassan, a deputy minister at Yemen’s former Defense Ministry. He said the forces had been trained by Sudanese experts with the help of Emirati forces.
The UAE has been among the most active members of a coalition helping Saudi Arabia in its deadly military campaign against Yemen since early 2015. The war is aimed at reinstalling the government of former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is based in Aden.
Saudi Arabia has also recruited and trained militants loyal to the former government for ground operations against Yemeni army forces and allied Houthi Ansarullah fighters under the cover of Riyadh’s air raids.