Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater, is reportedly in talks with Arab officials about establishing an Arab military force to take the place of U.S. troops following their withdrawal from Syria.
The proposal, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is reminiscent of a plan floated by Prince to the White House last year regarding privatizing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
The Trump administration has reportedly spoken with officials in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) about contributing funds and manpower to build a military force in the country to prevent the resurgence on ISIS fighters after U.S. soldiers leave.
The White House is evidently considering the advice of Prince, who last summer proposed to the Trump administration a plan to replace U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan with contractors from foreign countries, who would be overseen by "an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts—including command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting—and report directly to the president."
According to The Journal, Prince indicated he was “informally contacted by Arab officials about the prospect of building a force in Syria but that he was waiting to see what Mr. Trump would do."