American mercenaries — some of whom were ex-special operators with Army Special Forces, SEAL Team 6, and the CIA — were hired by the United Arab Emirates in 2015 to take part in a “targeted assassination program in Yemen,” according to a BuzzFeed News investigation published today.
- According to the report, the contractors were employed by the Spear Operations Group LLC, a company registered in Delaware, and founded by “Abraham Golan, a charismatic Hungarian Israeli security contractor who lives outside of Pittsburgh.”
- In interviews with BuzzFeed, Golan referred to the mission as “a targeted assassination program in Yemen,” adding that “I was running it. We did it. It was sanctioned by the UAE within the coalition.”