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Erik Prince has bounced around the American news universe for more than a decade.

He first rose to prominence with his security firm Blackwater, which helped guard U. After selling the company inPrince fell off the U.

But in recent weeks and months, he has made a string of public appearances and statements in the U. In a series of television interviews and op-eds, Prince has waged an active public campaign for his plan to reshape the war in Afghanistan.

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Prince’s efforts blackqater raised eyebrows indicyment Washington, where critics note that his current company, the Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group, could profit handsomely if the Trump administration were to hand over much of the war effort in Afghanistan to contractors. So what is his plan? Prince calls for a “sustainable footprint” of 2, American special operations forces and support personnel along with a force of some 6, contractors, which would actually be a significant cut from the current tally of 26, contractors in the country who are performing a variety of functions including providing security.

In Prince’s proposal, the contractors would help train Afghan security services and patrol alongside them. By all accounts, however, Prince’s proposal was and remains a nonstarter with the president’s national security team, which is dominated by generals with firsthand experience in Afghanistan.

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Most importantly, it was not part of the administration’s new Afghan strategy that President Trump laid out on Aug.

Ex-Blackwater guard indicted on murder charge

Officials say the Pentagon has the authority to blackkwater around 4, more U. The company rose to prominence after the Sept. Blackwater won hundreds of millions of dollars of U.

Ininsurgents ambushed Blackwater contractors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and strung up the charred bodies from a bridge over the Euphrates River. Then inBlackwater guards protecting a U. Four Blackwater contractors were convicted in a U. A federal appeals court early this month tossed out the sentences of three of the contractors, ordering that they be resentenced.

The court ordered a new trial for the fourth contractor.

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With its name associated with some of the darkest incidents of the U. Prince’s name indictmejt up in connection with the Russia imbroglio in April when The Washington Post published a story about what it described as a secret meeting between Prince and a Russian with close ties to President Vladimir Putin.

The meeting, iindictment arranged by the United Arab Emirates, took place in the Seychelles about a week ahead of Trump’s Jan. Prince and the Russian’s discussion purportedly touched on, among other things, Russia’s ties with Iran and whether Moscow would be willing to rein in its relationship with Tehran, particularly in Syria where the two back President Bashar Assad.

When the Post story came out, a Prince spokesman rejected the allegations. Speaking to Fox News this month, Prince acknowledged that he had a meeting in the Seychelles but denied it had any connection to Blackwzter. And it lasted a few minutes and that’s it. It had nothing to do with the United States, with the U.


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Prince accused the Obama administration of revealing his identity in intelligence surveillance reports and said, “They tried to create some nexus to Russia from me ijdictment a business meeting somewhere. Prince was not a member of the Trump campaign, and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has said that Prince “had no role in the transition. But Prince was a strong supporter of the Republican candidate.

blackwatsr He also reportedly made numerous visits to Trump Tower after the election and acted as an informal adviser to the transition team. Prince also has a relationship with Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who left his job at the White House this month.

Bannon opposed idictment more U. Officials say it is unclear how, or even if, Prince fits into the broader question of Trump-Russia ties.

But it’s a question some are asking. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. August 31, Politics Full Text And Analysis: The Two-Way 11, U. What Are They All Doing?