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Publish Date: 15:26 - 24 February 2021
Wednesday, 24 February 2021_A confidential UN report reveals Eric Prince, the founder and former head of the notorious Blackwater private security firm, has violated an arms embargo on Libya by sending mercenaries and weapons to support Libyan Renegade general Khalifa Haftar.

Trump ally, Blackwater founder, violated UN arms embargo on LibyaThe report, obtained by the New York Times, details how Mr Prince, a close ally of former US President Donald Trump, deployed heavily armed foreign troops to Eastern Libya to assist Khalifa Haftar, in the middle of an attack, to capture Tripoli in 2019.

According to the UN, the $80 million operation included plans for the mercenaries to assassinate selected Libyan commanders. The report raises questions about possible ties between the operation and the Trump administration.

Prince did not cooperate with the UN investigation and has rejected having anything to do with the military operations in Libya. However, the report exposes him to possible UN sanctions.

Well, it's all the same thing. That it broke the law and he was told to do it. I mean, it doesn't really make much of a difference in fact the laws or international law and laws are meaningless to the United States.

In 2011, when the US led the NATO bombing to destroy the Libyan Government and the government there, and for regime change, that was against international law but it didn't mean (anything to the US).

So they break international law, at a time when they level sanctions against countries, these are violations of international law. And so, you know, its par for the course. It's very telling though, that they are.. that they will be doing this ... having this use of mercenaries.

Netfa Freeman, Pan-African Community Action, Washington

Since 2014, two rival seats of power have emerged in Libya, namely the internationally recognised government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and another group based in the eastern city of Tobruk supported militarily by troops loyal to Haftar.

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