June 19, 2013
Iraq Bans Blackwater, Launches Investigation
Posted on Sep 17, 2007
The Iraqi government has ordered employees of the North Carolina-based security firm Blackwater USA to leave the country and is opening a criminal investigation following Sunday’s deadly shootout in Baghdad, during which a group of Blackwater contractors escorting a convoy of U.S. officials opened fire on nearby civilians.
The BBC report also noted that Sunday’s incident occurred after the publication of a survey of over 1,400 Iraqis which posits that over a million people may have died as a result of violence in their country since the war began in 2003.
Click here to listen to Truthdig’s interview with journalist Jeremy Scahill about his book, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.”
Read about another two other incidents involving Blackwater contractors that created trouble for the firm and for U.S.-Iraqi relations.
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