13 Aug '17, 1am

Plan to Privatize U.S. War in Afghanistan Gets Icy Reception

Plan to Privatize U.S. War in Afghanistan Gets Icy Reception William Gallo, Ayub Khawreen and Hasib Danish Alikozai - VOA News Blackwater founder Erik Prince's controversial proposal to privatize a large portion of the U.S. war in Afghanistan is being met with growing opposition in Kabul and Washington. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering the proposal as part of his monthslong review of the war in Afghanistan, where the U.S. is locked in a stalemate with the Taliban after 16 years of fighting. Prince touts the plan as a cost-effective way to turn the war around. Under the proposal, about 5,000 contractors would replace U.S. troops currently advising Afghan forces. They'd be backed by a 90-plane private air force. The contractors would operate under Afghan control, Prince said. "This is very much under the authority of the central government and the control of ...

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