U.S. PRINCE WAR AGAINST TALIBAN?

Appeals court overthrows murder conviction of Blackwater convictions in 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians
8/4/17 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/murder-conviction-in-...
U.S. appeals court threw out the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard sentenced to life in prison as lead shooter in the 2007 massacre.. The three-judge panel also ordered new sentences for three other Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter sentenced to mandatory 30-year prison terms....The four security guards opened fire on the Iraqis, including women and children, at Nisour Square....were among 19 Blackwater security guards for U.S. State Department officials in Iraq....

///Reuters reported in late April...Trump administration weighing sending between 3,000 and 5,000 U.S. and coalition troops to Afghanistan.
NATO already has some 13,450 troops in Afghanistan, which includes about 6,900 U.S. military personnel training Afghan armed forces...
the US also has about 1,500 more troops in a parallel counter-terrorism unit...Almost 16 years since the US tried to topple the Afghan Taliban...
in the past 18 months Taliban have twice succeeded in seizing Kunduz...

USNATO GLOBAL MILITARY
Video Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing Commander US Army Gen. John Nicholson, Commander NATO forces in Afghanistan
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-05-10/nato-assessing-afg...

Green on blue' attacks 
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/322428/meaning-green-blue-attacks-a...
The Afghan police and army "green on blue" attacks against US and NATO forces  have understandably dominated news coverage from the war.

Green-On-Blue' attacks hit U.S. troops in Afghanistan
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2017/06/18/green-blue-attacks...
At least 11 U.S. troops have been injured or killed in suspected attacks by Afghan troops since June 10.

Why US military is delaying announcing Afghanistan combat deaths
http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/06/politics/us-military-afghanistan-killed-in...
The US military will no longer release any immediate information about American combat deaths in Afghanistan -- a shift in policy that will delay casualty announcements until days after they occur.Under the new policy, spearheaded by US Army Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, the military will no longer issue that initial statement. ..But the move raises questions about the military's commitment to notifying the public about its operations in Afghanistan and potentially in other conflict zones around the world.

Blackwater founder held secret meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
4/3/17 https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/04/03/blackwater-founder-he...
Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported this same Erik Prince apparently visited the Seychelles islands in January to meet with a key Putin ally, as part of an effort to establish back-channel communication  between the White House and Moscow — a meeting arranged by leaders of the United Arab Emirates, where Prince lives. The exact nature of the discussion is unclear, though likely to have centered around Iran — with Prince possibly tasked with testing whether it might be possible to break up the alliance between Russia and Iran.... 
[digest: convenient for US strategic communications positive “news analysis”]
Why did Prince meet with Russians in the Seychelles?
Details remain murky, but Iran was likely among the top-line topics. Here’s the rough reason:
• The Russians have a good relationship with Iran, including working together to bolster Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. 
• Trump has taken a hard line on Iran, even as he pursues better relations with Russia
• The UAE isn’t overly concerned about Russia, but fears rising Iranian influence 
One way to square this circle would be for the US and the UAE to convince Russia to drop its alliance with Iran — possibly in exchange for sanctions relief. That could open a path to broader cooperation between the US and Russia, while shifting the balance of middle eastern power towards Sunni nations like UAE and Saudi Arabia.In such a negotiation, Prince is well positioned to serve as emissary. He has strong connections with all involved, and a reputation for managing secret diplomacy...

The MacArthur Model for Afghanistan
Consolidate authority in one person: an American viceroy who’d lead all coalition efforts.
5/31/17 By Erik D. Prince The Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-macarthur-model-for-afghanistan-1496269...
Afghanistan is an expensive disaster for America. The Pentagon has already consumed $828 billion on the war, and taxpayers will be liable for trillions more in veterans’ health-care costs for decades to come. More than 2,000 American soldiers have died there, more than 20,000 wounded in action. For all that, Afghanistan is failing... It’s time for President Trump to fix our approach to Afghanistan....TO READ THE FULL STORY...

Blackwater founder wants to boost the Afghan air war with his private air force
Flashpoints https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/08/02/blackwater-founder-...
WASHINGTON — Erik Prince, the former CEO of the private military company known as Blackwater, wants to step up the Afghan air war with a private air force capable of intelligence collection and close-air support, according to a recent proposal submitted to the Afghan government. According to a senior Afghan military official, Prince has submitted a business proposal offering a “turn-key composite air wing” to help the fledgling Afghan air force in its fight against the Taliban and other militant groups.  
The development comes as the White House is considering a plan to draw down the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and replace the ensuing power vacuum with contractors....The company named on the proposal to the Afghan government, Lancaster6, is already operating some aircraft in Afghanistan providing air mobility, troop transport, and parachute air drop support for supplies and cargo....
A Pentagon spokeswomen declined to comment specifically on the contractor proposal from Prince.

According to the proposal, the contracted air support will continue until Afghans stop losing territory through 2017-2018, and Afghan forces begin to retake back ground lost to the Taliban.  There are currently about 8,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak of about 100,000 in 2011.
Prince’s precise current role with Lancaster6, based in Dubai, is unclear.. The Afghan military official said Prince personally presented the Lancaster6 proposal to Afghan officials in March... boasts an impressive array of combat aircraft  for a private company. The aircraft offered in the proposal includes fixed-wing planes, attack helicopters and drones capable of providing close-air support to maneuvering ground forces, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Military Times. The air frames are also outfitted with equipment to provide intelligence collection that includes imagery intelligence, signals intelligence and communications intelligence. The aircraft would be operated by the private company’s employees. The proposal promises to provide ”high speed response” close-air support and ”the entire country can be responded to in under 1 hour ...also promises to ”conduct medical evacuation in combat situations” with ”ex-military medics and door gunners.” ...
 The former Blackwater CEO sparked controversy a decade ago when his firm provided hundreds of millions of dollars in security support services to the U.S. government in Iraq. More recently, Prince has been using his private air force all over the globe to include Somalia, Iraq and South Sudan. Prince also reportedly has close ties to the Trump administration
Prince’s firm the Frontier Services Group is based in Hong Kong. Through an affiliate, EP Aviation, Prince operates his own personal air force... Helicopters registered to EP Aviation have been seen transporting U.S. Special Forces troops in the central African region, per a Daily Beast report  report.
Pentagon bureau chief Tara Copp and Mackenzie Wolf contributed to this report.

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Erik Prince, Blackwater USA security firm founder, eventually left the company, renamed Xe Services, later sold and renamed Academi.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Prince
From 1997 to 2010, Blackwater USA was awarded $2 billion in government security contracts,[24] more than $1.6 billion of which were unclassified federal contracts and an unknown amount of classified work.[25]  From 2001 to 2010, the... (CIA) awarded Blackwater up to $600 million in classified contracts and its affiliates.[26]  
It became the largest of the three State Department's private security companies, providing 987 guards for embassies and bases abroad.[27]. Prince built a shooting range on his Virginia land to serve as a nearby training facility to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.[24]  In his memoir Prince says he provided the CIA with links to Afghan warlords who helped "topple the Taliban [17] Civilian_Warriors:_The_Inside_Story_of_Blackwater_and_the_Unsung_Heroes_of_the_War_on_Terror
Blackwater came under increasing criticism after the Nisour Square Massacre in September 2007, in which Blackwater guards opened fire in a crowded square in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians and seriously wounding 20 more. Three guards were convicted in October 2014 of 14 manslaughter charges, and another of murder, in a U.S. court.[28] The criticism continued after president Barack Obama took office in 2008.,,, "I put myself and my company at the CIA's disposal for some very risky missions," Prince told Vanity Fair in its January 2010 issue. "But when it became politically expedient to do so, someone threw me under the bus."[29] Nevertheless, in 2010 the Barack Obama administration awarded Blackwater a $120 million US Department of State security contract and about $100 million in new CIA work .[25] Prince resigned as Blackwater CEO March 2, 2009 remaining chairman of the board until he sold the company in late 2010 to a group of investors.[32]...

After Blackwater faced mounting US legal problems, Prince was hired by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and moved to Abu Dhabi in 2010 to assemble a U.A.E 800-member foreign troops months before the US Arab Spring [34] P35]  Helped UAE found company Reflex Responses, R2, with 51 percent local ownership, CAREFULLY avoiding his name on corporate documents...to oversee the effort and recruit troops, among others from Executive Outcomes, former South African mercenary firm hired...during the 1990s to defeat violent rebellions in addition to protecting oil and diamond reserves.
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Mandela: From "Terrorist" to Savior
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In January 2011, the AP reported Prince ... backed by the United States.. reportedly funded by several Arab countries, including the UAE, was training 2,000 Somalis... in the Gulf of Aden.. Prince's spokesman, Mark Corallo, said Prince has "no financial role" in the project and declined to answer any questions about Prince's involvement. The Associated Press quotes John Burnett of Maritime Underwater Security Consultants as saying, "There are 34 nations with naval assets trying to stop piracy and it can only be stopped on land. With Prince's background and rather illustrious reputation, I think it's quite possible it might work."[35] ...

Prince currently heads Frontier Resource Group private equity firm and is chairman of Frontier Services Group Ltd, a Bermuda-incorporated logistics and transport company.[37] [38] .[39] ...As part of Prince's Africa-focused investment strategy, Frontier Services Group purchased stakes in two Kenyan aviation companies, Kijipwa Aviation and Phoenix Aviation, to provide logistics services for the country's oil and gas industry.[36]...
Prince also purchased a 25% stake in Austrian aviation company Airborne Technologies. In 2014, Prince commissioned the company to modify ThrusH 510G crop-dusters with surveillance equipment, machine guns, armor, and other weapons, including custom pylons that could mount either NATO  or Russian ballistics.[44]...

Prince describes himself as a libertarian [29] ...a practicing Roman Catholic... converted to Catholicism in 1992.[46]
Prince is the brother of  Betsy DeVos US Secretary of Education and the brother-in-law of former Alticor (Amway) president Dick DeVos [54,55]
In December 2016 Prince visited the transition team offices in New York City In April 2017 as part of a broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections January 11, 2017 meeting in the Seychelles at which Prince presented himself as an unofficial representative of Trump.[1] In 2016 Prince contributed $250,000 to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as Trump-aligned super PAC helmed by Rebekah Mercer.[1]

PRINCE FOUNDATION
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Foundation
The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation has donated millions of dollars to American conservative Christian groups...Between 2001 and 2014, the Foundation donated 6.2 million dollars to the Family Research Council [4]  and 5.2 million dollars to Focus on the Family.[5] The foundation is also a major financial supporter of the Michigan charter school movement.[6]