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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:58 AM

Private Army Formed to Fight Somali Pirates Leaves Troubled Legacy

(Erick Prince in the news again. Why isn't his ass in jail? Oh yeah, he fled. gd)

WASHINGTON It seemed like a simple idea: In the chaos that is Somalia, create a sophisticated, highly trained fighting force that could finally defeat the pirates terrorizing the shipping lanes off the Somali coast.

But the creation of the Puntland Maritime Police Force was anything but simple. It involved dozens of South African mercenaries and the shadowy security firm that employed them, millions of dollars in secret payments by the United Arab Emirates, a former clandestine officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, and Erik Prince, the billionaire former head of Blackwater Worldwide who was residing at the time in the emirates.

And its fate makes the story of the pirate hunters for hire a case study in the inherent dangers in the outsourced wars in Somalia, where the United States and other countries have relied on proxy forces and armed private contractors to battle pirates and, increasingly, Islamic militants.

That strategy has had some success, including a recent offensive by Kenyan and African Union troops to push the militant group Al Shabab from its stronghold in the port city of Kismayu.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/africa/private-army-leaves-troubled-legacy-in-somalia.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121005

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Arctic Dave Oct 2012 #1
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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:04 PM

1. My tinfoil hat two cents.

 

Has anyone else the level of covert operations going up in the ME and N. Africa since E. Prince moved to his new home.

Is he doing the dirty work for AFRICOM?

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:07 PM

2. If the pay is there, I'm sure he's in. n.t

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