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Mattis rejects plan to privatize military effort in Afghanistan

“Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday shot down recently recirculated plans to privatize combat efforts in Afghanistan. ‘When the Americans put their nation’s credibility on the line, privatizing it is probably not a wise idea,’ Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. The former head of U.S. Central Command did not mention by name Erik Prince, the Blackwater founder who in recent weeks has shopped a plan to replace most U.S. troops in Afghanistan with private contractors. Mattis had been asked if there was an advantage to privatizing forces if there are going to be boots on the ground in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future. About 14,000 U.S. military personnel are currently in Afghanistan to counter terrorist groups including the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as well as to train and assist Afghan forces.”

Source: Mattis rejects plan to privatize military effort in Afghanistan | TheHill

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