Recruiting Mercenaries for Middle East Fuels Rancor in Colombia

  • Defense minister says Saudi, U.A.E. won't discuss a treaty
  • Colombian soldiers have reputation of being among world's best

An army parade in Bogota, Colombia.

Photographer: Oscar Sanabria/CON via Getty Images

Colombia’s government is frustrated at having its top soldiers lured to the Middle East as mercenaries for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates when they are still needed to fight insurgents and drug traffickers, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said.

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