Wednesday, May 26, 2010
German ex-soldiers to work in Somalia
BERLIN (AP) — A private security firm's plan to deploy more than 100 German ex-soldiers to Somalia to work for a warlord has triggered intense media coverage and was harshly criticized by lawmakers on Tuesday, some of them calling it a possible violation of U.N. sanctions against the war-ridden East African country.
Several lawmakers and special interest groups have criticized the deal, which has raised concerns over modern Germany's military role in the wider world. Although German law forbids foreign powers from recruiting its citizens, they are not barred from going abroad to serve as mercenaries in war zones.