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Blackwater founder Erik Prince arrives for a closed meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee Blackwater founder Erik Prince arrives for a closed meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2017 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).

Why Mercenary Armies Are Running Amok

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

It may take years to unravel the tangled web surrounding “Project Opus,” the bungled 2019 mercenary operation to prop up Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, which allegedly included efforts to deploy a special hit squad to Libya. Few observers tracking the burgeoning global market for privatized armies, however, were likely surprised by reports last week that U.N. investigators suspect the involvement of former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince.

The recently leaked U.N. report makes only glancing mention of Prince’s alleged ties to the operation, but it marks the second time since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that Prince’s company, Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group, or FSG, has been linked to allegations of trying to sell military services in Libya. In fact, the U.N. report references a detailed PowerPoint presentation elaborating on FSG’s alleged plan to deploy a fleet of drones and helicopters to protect coastal areas of Libya, which appears to bear the hallmarks of a similar plan that Prince hawked to potential buyers back in 2013, according to reporting by The Intercept. ...

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