Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:53PM
Smoke billows following an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting an arms depot in the capital Sanaa on September 23, 2015. ©AFP
Smoke billows following an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting an arms depot in the capital Sanaa on September 23, 2015. ©AFP
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Mercenaries from private US military firm DynCorp recently arrived in the Yemeni city of Aden to replace paid militants from another US company, where UAE forces are fighting against Yemen. 

The source, Khabar News Agency, quoted an official with the Yemeni defense ministry, who confirmed mercenaries from DynCorp International have been active there.  That firm also supplies flight operations, training and mentoring support. The agency reports that mercenaries and naval forces recently arrived in the port city of Aden to replace those of American firm Blackwater, now renamed Academi, which also sends mercenaries to foreign countries on paid missions. 

Blackwater withdrew from Bab-el-Mandeb region after the Yemeni forces inflicted heavy losses on them. The UAE was forced to bring in the new mercenaries from DynCorp for the same reason.  Meanwhile, Yemen itself has suffered over 8,400 deaths and twice that number injured since the fighting began in March 2015. Hospitals, schools, and factories have also been damaged and destroyed.