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Blackwater Planning Comeback. First Stop: Syria

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The controversial so-called ‘security contractor’ Blackwater is back in the headlines now that its founder – billionaire and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince – has made the case that the United States should replace its small footprint of 2,000 troops in Syria with mercenaries.

Prince’s pitch on Fox Business comes after US President Donald Trump’s surprise pullout announcement in December left Washington’s allies – the Syrian Kurdish forces that fought Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] – fearing for their security in the face of threats from Turkey.

Prince, however, is eyeing a major comeback by offering Trump a way to both safeguard US allies in Syria while pulling out US troops.

“If  there is not some kind of robust capability to defend from a ground invasion from the very conventional power that the Iranians and the Syrians have, our allies there will be smashed,” Prince claimed to Fox Business this week.

Last month, Trump also vowed to draw down the 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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