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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - Two more Iranian families accuse Blackwater, now known as Xe, of murdering their husbands and fathers in Baghdad and covering it up. Azhar Abdullah Ali, 33, a father of three, was a security guard for the Iraqi Media Network when Blackwater mercenaries killed him and two others on Feb. 7, 2007, according to the federal complaint. The family of Rahim Khalaf Sa'adoon claims drunken Blackwater mercenary Andrew Moonen killed Sa'adoon on Christmas Eve, "for no reason," as Sa'adoon guarded the vice president of Iraq.
More War Crimes Claims Against Erik Prince
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - Families of seven more people who were killed, and 19 who were wounded in Blackwater's infamous Sept. 17, 2006 shootout in Baghdad's Nisoor Square have sued Blackwater, now known as Xe, its founder Erik Prince, and a Prince's network of mercenary companies, in Federal Court.
Originally posted by Chevalerous
Was the name change to XE just a PR stunt? and because the name Blackwater was so connected with the bad press after the murders and incidents?
Originally posted by ImzadiDax
Why are they not held to the same standards as our military when employed by our gov?
Blackwater still operating in Iraq under new name
Having changed its name to Xe, Blackwater security firm continues protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq – despite lacking a license to operate.
The company has plans to stay there long into the summer – far longer than previously thought – leading ground operations in parts of Iraq.
U.S. State Department officials acknowledge the company is still there, while Xe has not made any comments about a timetable for leaving.
Private contractors replacing American troops in both wars
A report says that Iraq and Afghanistan are being left to mercenaries, as the number of private contractors in both countries has risen by over a quarter - all with the approval of the White House.
It has been revealed the number of private security contractors working for the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan has greatly increased by up to 30% since President Obama came to office.
While troops are being pulled out, a Pentagon report says that the number of contractors working for the US Defense Department has increased dramatically.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
They are used to circumvent those laws that pertain to the military, or in places that the laws forbid the use of our military.. IMO.
Otherwise, why would they be needed?
ed: finish sentence.
[edit on 6/4/2009 by JacKatMtn]