Analysis

Hurdles Make Mercenary Plan For Afghanistan Unlikely

Law360, Nashville (August 11, 2017, 8:26 PM EDT) -- Although President Donald Trump is reportedly seriously considering replacing U.S. troops with a mercenary force as he attempts to break the claimed stalemate in Afghanistan, experts say a number of political, operational and legal barriers stand in the way of that plan.

The war in Afghanistan, the longest ever waged by the U.S., will be 16 years old in October, and Trump has been weighing a decision for months on whether to commit more troops to the fight, as U.S. Department of Defense officials have requested,...
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