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US may use mercenaries to escalate, prolong Afghan war: Activist

Bruce Gagnon

The US may use mercenaries to escalate and prolong the conflict in Afghanistan while concealing its involvement in this “evil plan,” an American anti-war activist and journalist in Maine says.

“This current talk of essentially fully privatizing the war in Afghanistan is escalation by disguise; the idea is to try to hide it from the American people so they won’t even know that they’re going to war,” said Bruce Gagnon, the coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

“This idea of privatization of war is a way to ensure endless war with less formal US military troops on the ground, less formal US military troops being killed; instead using mercenaries to do the fighting and dying,” Gagnon told Press TV on Tuesday.

The names of these mercenaries “will be lost forever in the dark undercurrents of this evil plan for endless war,” he added.

US military contractor Erik Prince has advised the administration of President Donald Trump to deploy Western mercenaries to Afghanistan to save both manpower and money.

Prince, who founded the notorious private military company Blackwater USA, now called Academi, has proposed a two-year plan for about  5,000 professional killers and under 100 aircraft, bringing the total cost of the failing US war to less than $10 billion a year, according to documents seen by the Financial Times.

Prince, a former Navy Seal, said on current spending, the Afghan military campaign would cost the US $45 billion this year and $50 billion the next.

Blackwater received widespread notoriety in 2007 when a group of its mercenaries killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 18 others using gunfire and grenades at a busy Baghdad intersection.

Last week, a US federal appeals court overturned lengthy prison sentences for three former Blackwater mercenaries and ordered a new trial for a fourth involved in the Iraqi massacre.

Many Iraqis believe the US military allowed Blackwater mercenaries to commit numerous war crimes against their compatriots with impunity.

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