This 16 October 2018 BuzzFeed News video from the USA says about itself:
The United Arab Emirates hired US ex-special ops soldiers to carry out targeted assassinations in war-torn Yemen. These elite US fighters were given years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But then they worked for a different master: a private US company hired by a tiny desert monarchy to kill political rivals. Read our full investigation here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
‘US American mercenaries committed murders for hire in Yemen‘
American mercenaries were commissioned by a foreign power to carry out murder missions against politicians in Yemen. That reports the US American BuzzFeed News. A research journalist of the website spoke to men who participated in the operations.
They say, among other things, that they were trying to kill a Yemeni politician on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a member of the Arab coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in the … war in Yemen, with logistical support from the United States.
The Arab kingdom contacted an American company that supplies mercenary soldiers. The mercenaries, who are mentioned by name in the article, say that they were active for several months in Yemen and killed a number of important figures there.
Attack on politician
Experts say to BuzzFeed that it is hardly imaginable that the US government was not aware of this. The UAE is an ally and hired an American company that employs experienced American veterans. They committed murders in a war that the US follows closely.
The US Army supplies information and fuel for aircraft to the coalition that is fighting under the leadership of Saudi Arabia in Yemen ….
Photos and other evidence
American mercenaries in December 2015 did a mission against Anssaf Ali Mayo, the leader of the Islamic Islah party in Yemen. According to the UAE, this party is a terrorist organization, but many experts disagree.
A prominent Islah party member, Ms Tawakkul Karman, won the Nobel Peace prize.
On the Buzzfeed website there are drone images of the murder campaign against Mayo and photos and other evidence of the mercenary mission in Yemen.
The operation was not a success. Mayo survived the bomb attack, and disappeared a time from the radar. In 2016 other politicians of the Islah party were killed.
The investigative journalist writes that it is unclear whether the mercenaries have violated American law. The US army itself also uses mercenary soldiers, but they are mainly hired for the security of diplomats. It is very rare that mercenaries are used in attack actions, writes BuzzFeed.
How about mercenaries hired by the CIA and other government departments?
The website further states that it is unclear whether the mercenaries who were active in Yemen have violated American law. In the past, US mercenary soldiers were active in the Israeli and French military, without ever having been prosecuted for it.