Blackwater is hired by crown prince of Abu Dhabi

"The [Persian] Gulf countries and the UAE in particular, don't have a lot of military experience. It would make sense if they looked outside their borders for help," said one Obama administration official.

"They might want to show that they are not to be messed with.” 



The billionaire Erik Prince, who relocated to the UAE in 2010 in the wake of mounting legal problems in the United States, received over USD 500 million to organize an 800-member battalion of foreign troops in the Persian Gulf state, the New York Times reported on Saturday. 


Documents show the force is intended to conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from terrorist attacks, and quell possible uprisings across the state, it added. 


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