Afghanistan Senate Rejects Proposal to Privatize Afghan War

Afghanistan Senate Rejects Proposal to Privatize Afghan War

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1 Oct 2018

A proposal circulating in Washington lobbying for the US War on Afghanistan to be privatized has become a controversial matter in Afghan domestic politics.

Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and an ally of US President Donal Trump is the brain behind the privatization proposal. In response to Mr Prince’s proposal, many Afghan senators have asked the National Unity Government to take a firm stand against the proposal.

In an interview to ToloNews Mr. Prince stressed that based on his idea of a private security group’s engagement in Afghanistan, the dynamics of war would change within six months in Afghanistan.

Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater

But the speaker of the Afghan senate, Fazl Hadi Muslimyar has said that “…our bilateral security agreement is signed with the US and NATO,  not with a security company. The Afghanistan government must prevent handling the Afghan war through Blackwater. We also asked the US government to not repeat the morbid experience of Iraq and Syria in Afghanistan and that US should pay respect to the Afghan and American people.”

Mr. Muslimyar added that handing over the war in Afghanistan to a private security company would make Afghans’ lives more miserable and would have grave impact on the region.

Reactions to Mr. Prince’s Proposal and discussions on the idea began in Afghanistan after NBC News reported that US president Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about US South Asia strategy and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Mr. Prince to privatize the war in Afghanistan. It is, however, reported that US National Security Council had rejected the reports stating that Mr. Trump firmly stands on South Asia Strategy which he concluded after months of deliberation with his national security team.

Knowing the fact that the US national security establishment is against the proposal, in an interview with NBC News, Prince expressed  that he would launch a media “air campaign” to try to convince President Trump to adopt his proposal on privatization of the US war on Afghanistan

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