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Why Are Mercenaries Fighting America's Wars?

Published: October 23, 2017
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Source: AJ+

Conflict has become big business, and nations are paying mercenaries millions to be their boots on the ground.

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Recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made private military contracting a multi-billion-dollar industry. Mercenaries have been around for centuries, but they have emerged from the shadows thanks to increased demand for contractors from countries like the U.S. and Russia. Now, the Trump administration has reached out to individuals with a stake in the industry – like Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg – for advice with their Afghanistan strategy. This Sunday on AJ+, we explore the dangers of a world with more professional soldiers.

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New York Times. “Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy-erik-prince-stephen-feinberg.html?mcubz=1&_r=1

Sean McFate. “The Blackwater 2.0 Plan for Afghanistan.” _https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/afghanistan-erik-prince-trump-britain/533580/_ (https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/afghanistan-erik-prince-trump-britain/533580/)

The Washington Post. “Murder Conviction in Blackwater Case Thrown Out, Other Sentences Overturned.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/murder-conviction-in-blackwater-case-thrown-out-other-sentences-overturned/2017/08/04/a14f275c-792e-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.0c71126cc89e

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