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U.S. Mercenaries Share Details of Taking Part in UAE’s Targeted Killing Campaign in Yemen

HeadlineJan 25, 2024

The BBC has revealed new details about how the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out over 100 assassinations in Yemen beginning in 2015. Targets included politicians, imams and members of civil society. Two of the mercenaries who worked for Spear Operations Group spoke to the BBC and admitted taking part in the assassination program.

Isaac Gilmore: “If we felt like, yeah, OK, he’s a legitimate target, we’re good to go.”

Nawal al-Maghafi: “Who gave you the targets?”

Isaac Gilmore: “We received the target intelligence from the UAE government.”

Nawal al-Maghafi: “How did you receive them?”

Isaac Gilmore: “In intelligence packets.”

Nawal al-Maghafi: “Cards?”

Isaac Gilmore: “Cards.”

Nawal al-Maghafi: “How many cards did you receive?”

Isaac Gilmore: “Ten, to start.”

Nawal al-Maghafi: “And one of them was Ansaf Mayo?”

Isaac Gilmore: “Yes.”

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