Why is a 'French Foreign Legion' for the UAE problematic?

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"Certainly when you hear 'mercenaries' nowadays, I usually think #UAE much more than Russia," Krieg added. "The Emirates have become something of a hub for mercenary activity in the global South."

A foreign legion is "something of a break from the past [for the UAE] because it seems to be more institutionalized, less ad hoc than some of the other activities they have been involved in," Krieg told DW. "It gives them the possibility of recruiting people in a semi-legitimate fashion."
Period10 Apr 2024
Held atDeutsche Welle, Germany


  • UAE
  • Mercenaries