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BLACKWATER FOUNDER AIDED LIBYA: UN REPORT

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Erik Prince, the private security executive and supporter of former u.s. president donald Trump, “at the very least” helped evade an arms embargo on Libya, according to excerpts from a un report seen by reuters.

Independen­t un sanctions monitors accused Prince of proposing a private military operation — known as ‘Project Opus’ — to Libya’s eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar in April 2019 and helping procure three aircraft for it.

A spokespers­on for Prince denied the accusation­s in the annual un report, which was submitted on Thursday to the Security Council’s Libya sanctions committee and is due to be made public next month.

The report described Prince’s proposal as “a well-funded private military company operation” designed to provide Haftar with armed assault helicopter­s, intelligen­ce surveillan­ce aircraft, maritime interdicti­on, drones and cyber, intelligen­ce and targeting capabiliti­es.

“The Project Opus plan also included a component to kidnap or terminate individual­s regarded as high value targets in Libya,” the monitors wrote.

Prince — the brother of Trump’s education secretary, betsy devos — founded the private security firm blackwater.

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