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Afghan minerals in the crosshairs of Blackwater’s Erik Prince

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TRT World, 14 November 2018

The founder of the notorious, and now defunct, Blackwater, has been making headlines for trying to privatise the Afghan war. What has gone unreported are his plans as “Trump’s advisor” to extract the country’s immensely rich mineral wealth.

This article looks at his activities in Afghanistan. Although his spokesman said that Prince “currently had no mining interest in Afghanistan”, and his Frontier Services Group has established an representation in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan neighbourhood. According to a source in Kabul, Prince is courting political leaders on the central and provincial level and  is “supporting political candidates in the 2019 presidential election”.