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- Officials balked on '05 Blackwater inquiry - Even as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended her department's oversight of private security contractors, new evidence surfaced Thursday that the U.S. sought to conceal details of Blackwater shootings of Iraqi civilians more than two years ago.
Source: LA Times [27th Oct 2007]
- Blackwater faces war crimes inquiry after killings in Iraq - The American firm Blackwater USA has been served notice that it faces investigations for war crimes after 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed in a hail of bullets by its security guards in Baghdad.
Source: The Independent [13th Oct 2007]
- Blackwater Shootings "Murder", Iraq Says - The Iraqi prime minister's office said Sunday that the government's investigation had determined that Blackwater USA private security guards who shot Iraqi civilians three weeks ago in a Baghdad square sprayed gunfire in nearly every direction, committed "deliberate murder" and should be punished accordingly.
Source: The New York Times [8th Oct 2007]
- U.S. Pays Steep Price for Private Security in Iraq - It costs the U.S. government a lot more to hire contract employees as security guards in Iraq than to use American troops.
Source: The Washington Post [1st Oct 2007]
- U.S. Repeatedly Rebuffed Iraq on Blackwater Complaints - Senior Iraqi officials repeatedly complained to U.S. officials about Blackwater USA's alleged involvement in the deaths of numerous Iraqis, but the Americans took little action to regulate the private security firm until 11 Iraqis were shot dead last Sunday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Source: Washington Post [23rd Sep 2007]
- Blackwater guards fired unprovoked - Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in a shooting last week that left 11 people dead, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case was referred to the Iraqi judiciary.
Source: Associated Press [23rd Sep 2007]
- Feds Target Blackwater in Weapons Probe - Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.
Source: Associated Press [22nd Sep 2007]
- Where Military Rules Don't Apply - Blackwater USA , the private security company involved in a Baghdad shootout last weekend, operated under State Department authority that exempted the company from U.S. military regulations governing other security firms, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and industry representatives.
Source: Washington Post [20th Sep 2007]
- Blackwater license being revoked in Iraq - The Iraqi government said Monday that it was revoking the license of an American security firm accused of involvement in the deaths of eight civilians in a firefight that followed a car bomb explosion near a State Department motorcade.
Source: Associated Press [17th Sep 2007]
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