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Trump brings in private contractors for Afghanistan plan

By Laurie Bennett

July 11, 2017 at 7:02pm

The Trump White House has brought in two businessmen to recommend strategies in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports.

The two, billionaire Stephen A. Feinberg, whose company owns the defense contractor DynCorp International, and Erik Prince, founder of the infamous private security firm, Blackwater, have suggested hiring contractors as an alternative to sending more American troops, according to the Times.

Blackwater, under federal contract, acted as a private security force in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four former employees of the company were sentenced to prison for the 2007 fatal shootings of 14 Iraqi civilians.

Prince is the brother of Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Both he and Feinberg were big contributors to super PACs supporting Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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