Report: Congress Receives Proposed UAE Training Deal

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CongressThe U.S. Marine Corps will train special forces in the United Arab Emirates under a $150 million contract pending congressional approval, Defense News reported Thursday.

Awad Mustafa writes the foreign military sales agreement includes training and logistical support for the UAE Presidential Guard on national defense strategies pertaining to counterterrorism, anti-piracy campaigns and critical infrastructure protection.

Teams from the U.S. government and other contractors will travel to the country to conduct the training, according to the report.

Maj. Gen. Mike Hindmarsh, former chief of the Australian forces in the Middle East area of operations, was tasked to form the strike force in 2009 and bring together ground, marine and air forces military units into one organization.

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