by David Phinney
Sunday December 10th 2017

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Iraq Government Bans Blackwater Security Company

The Iraqi government said it had revoked the license of Blackwater USA, a private security company that provides protection for American diplomats across Iraq, after shots fired from an American convoy killed eight Iraqis:

Abdul-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, said the authorities had canceled the company’s license and barred its activity across Iraq. He said the government would prosecute the deaths, though according to the rules that govern private contractors, it was not clear whether the Iraqis had the legal authority to do so.
“This is a big crime that we can’t stay silent before,” said Jawad al-Bolani, Iraq’s interior minister, speaking on satellite television. “Anyone who wants to have good relations with Iraq has to respect Iraqis.”

Associated Press has the story.
The Washington Post provided the details of the incident.
Christian Science Monitor does the blog on news coverage.

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One Response to “Iraq Government Bans Blackwater Security Company”

  1. Ken says:

    I was aghast more at the 22% firuge associating Hussein with planning 9/11, but you bring up a good point about the weapons. I have no doubt they existed, but I do have some doubts about who has ultimate control of them today.My conclusion isn’t to attack Saudi Arabia. I can’t imagine where you might get that from. My conclusion is that an alarming number of Americans are ignorant.

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