https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/08/war-afghanistan-trump-white-house-weighs-bold-plan-privatize/548004001/

The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over a big chunk of 
the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors in an effort to turn the 
tide in a stalemated war, according to the former head of a security firm 
pushing the project.

Under the proposal, 5,500 private contractors, primarily former Special 
Operations troops, would advise Afghan combat forces. The plan also includes a 
90-plane private air force that would provide air support in the nearly 
16-year-old war against Taliban insurgents, Erik Prince, founder of the 
Blackwater security firm, told USA TODAY.

The unprecedented proposal comes as the U.S.-backed Afghan military faces a 
stalemate in the war and growing frustration by President Trump about the lack 
of progress in the war.

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