Afghan Government Rejects Proposals To Privatize War

Afghan officials have rejected a proposal to have foreign military contractors take over training and advising of the Afghan armed forces.The rejection comes after a renewed lobbying campaign by the founder and former CEO of the Blackwater security company, Erik Prince, who for the past few weeks has been pushing a proposal to privatize parts of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan by using contractors instead of to foreign troops.Prince, whose company came to prominence during the Iraq war, lobbied several Afghan political figures and gave interviews to media outlets on a recent visit to Kabul to discuss the plan.Afghan officials say that replacing U.S military advisers with private contractors would further undermine government legitimacy.

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