Alex Constantine - December 11, 2012
Fars News Agency, December 9, 2012
TEHRAN (FNA)- The notorious Blackwater security firm plans to widen its activities in Afghanistan after the US-led foreign forces withdraw from the war-torn country in a bid to secure the US interests, sources revealed on Sunday.
In an article in Pakistan's Ummat daily, analyst Saifullah Khalid said that after the 2014 pullout of the foreign forces, Blackwater plans to broaden operations in Afghanistan by setting up anti-Taliban Pashtoun groups to protect the US interests.
He added that Blackwater will be assisted by the US special forces.
The report pointed to a Pakistani intelligence agency (ISI) report about Blackwater plans to stir civil war in Afghanistan, and said that all commanders of the US special forces were asked to gather in Afghanistan in March 2013 to devise a comprehensive plan to provoke civil war in Afghanistan an gain control over the country relying on the US special operation forces and in collaboration with Blackwater.
Khalid added that the US forces need at least two bases in Pakistan to accomplish their mission and Blackwater has bought the real estate surrounding the Kabul airport to deploy its special operation forces through its agents who dress like Afghans and are fluent in Afghan language.
The report said that the firm has allocated $22mln for setting up the base around Kabul airport and will receive more funds in 2015.
Earlier, Russia Today reported that as President Obama insists on a speedy end to the war in Afghanistan, his administration has other plans. A facility owned by the private security force once known as Blackwater has been awarded a $22 million contract to house US troops through 2015.
The private military company Academi - formerly Blackwater and, more recently, Xe - is the proud winner of a no-bid contract that will keep them profiting off Uncle Sam's wars for the next few years, the RT said.
Under a deal Academi will assist the recently created US Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan with housing facilities and office space on their massive 10-acre compound in Kabul named Camp Integrity.
According to Danger Room reporter Spencer Ackerman, Academi won the rights to lease Camp Integrity to the special ops team through May 2015, providing accommodations for some 7,000 elite troops.