The founder of an infamous private military company says American troops in Syria could be replaced with mercenaries after a planned drawdown ordered by US President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Fox Business, Erik Prince, who founded Blackwater now called Academi, welcomed Trump’s Syria pullout decision, adding, however, that the US allies should not be abandoned in the war-torn country.
“The United States doesn’t have a long-term strategic obligation to stay in Syria. But, I also think it’s not a good idea to abandon our allies,” he said.
Trump announced the plan to withdraw American forces from Syria last month amid preparations by Turkey to launch an operation against US-backed Kurdish militants in northern Syria.
His abrupt move sparked concern among officials in Washington, prompting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to step down in protest.
The planned pullout also raised worries among the anti-Damascus Kurds operating in…