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Iraq scraps licence of US security firm Blackwater

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posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 09:45 AM
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Iraq scraps licence of US security firm Blackwater


www.khaleejtimes .com

‘The contract is finished and will be not be renewed by order of the minister of the interior,’ interior ministry spokesman Major General Abdel Karim Khalaf told AFP, without giving a specific date.

Blackwater Worldwide, a major US State Department contractor in Iraq, is being expelled over the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Nisur Square, a busy Baghdad intersection, on September 16, 2007, Khalaf said.

‘It is because of the shooting incident in 2007,’ he said. ‘They came to us and applied and we refused them. They tried by all means to stay here and we said, ‘no’.’

An Iraqi investigation found that 17 civilians were killed and 20 wounded in the incident in which Blackwater guards opened fire with automatic weapons while escorting an American diplomatic convoy through Baghdad.
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posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 09:45 AM
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Out with Blackwater,what will their new name be Whitewater,Bluewater. LOL

"The notice, which comes as Iraqis are set to go to the polls on Saturday for the first time since 2005, is certain to win favour among voters in a nation still angry over the deadly incident."

"Five former Blackwater guards pleaded not guilty on January 6 in a Washington court over the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others by gunfire and grenades. Their trial is expected to begin on January 29, 2010.

Critics have repeatedly accused Blackwater of having a cowboy mentality and a shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach when carrying out security duties in Iraq."

Zelong.

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