Germany – Two former soldiers wanted to create a commando to intervene in Yemen

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The two soldiers were arrested in Freiburg im Breisgau and Munich. They wanted to hire mercenaries and were looking for support from Saudi Arabia.

The two men arrested had started preparations to create “a paramilitary unit of 100 to 150 men”, composede former police officers or soldiers whom they intended to involve in the ongoing civil war in Yemen.

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German justice announced on Wednesday the arrest of two former Bundeswehr soldiers, suspected of having wanted to set up “a terrorist organization”. They had started preparations to create “a paramilitary unit of 100 to 150 men”, composede former police officers or soldiers whom they intended to involve in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, according to the pFederal arquet of Karlsruhe.

The two men indicated “want to pacify the civil war zone and force peace negotiations between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government”, specified the parquet. In this context, one of the suspects “tried with perseverance, and over a long period, to start a dialogue with officials of the Saudi government”, in order to finance the project.

Saudi agencies did not respond

“He has essayé in various ways to establish a channel of communication with Saudi government agencies and obtain a meeting date for the submission of their bid, ”writes the parquet. However, “all these efforts were in vain, as the Saudi government agencies contacted did not show any reaction.”

Beyond the deployment in Yemen, the two suspects wanted to offer the services of their “private military company” in other conflicts. One of the two accused was responsible for recruiting mercenaries and he had, according to justice, already contacted at least seven people for this purpose. To former members of the Bundeswehr or former police officers, he wanted to offer monthly salaries of around 40,000 euros, says the parquet.

Regarding a possible intervention in Yemen, “the two suspects knew that the unit they were to command would inevitably be required to commit murderous acts during their mission”, writes the pfederal arquet responsible for terrorism cases. “In addition, they expected civilians to be killed and injured in combat operations as well.”

(AFP)

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