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‘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.