Blackwater founder's plan to privatise America’s $76bn, 17-year war in Afghanistan

 | Kim Sengupta  07/11/2018 10:17 AM MDT

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Erik Prince
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Donald Trump is expected to ask European countries at this week’s Nato summit, one of the most crucial and contentious in the history of the alliance, to step up and contribute more troops for the war in Afghanistan.

Other member states, already facing an onslaught from the US president over their shortfalls in defence spending, and facing the threat of funding cuts, are likely to acquiesce. Britain, for example, is expected to double the size of its force to just over 1,200.

But Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, probably the most well-known private security company in the world, which is now known as Academi, is adamant that increasing troops in Afghanistan is the worst thing the United State’s allies can do.