Former German soldiers suspected of forming a mercenary army

Former German soldiers suspected of forming a mercenary army

Justice in Germany arrested two former soldiers on Wednesday on suspicion of forming a private mercenary army. Which German weekly writes woman. The two men allegedly offered up to 150 mercenaries to Saudi authorities on several occasions to carry out illegal missions in Yemen. Saudi Arabia was not to accept the offer. The country has been involved in the Yemeni civil war since 2015, battling the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Arend-Adolf G. and Achim A. were arrested in Munich on Wednesday morning. Military intelligence tracked them down after receiving information from an alleged recruiter. And. According to the information available to Der Spiegel, they planned to pay 40,000 euros a month for themselves.

The two suspects had started working for the German private security company Asgaard after their military service. The company is controversial because it will employ right-wing extremists and appear in war zones such as Iraq.

This is not the first time that the German military has been embarrassed by the controversial military actions. In June 2020, the German Ministry dissolved a commando unit after investigations revealed that members of that unit were Nazi sympathizers.

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