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The folks at Blackwater and other private security outfits in Iraq encountered a dramatic setback Wednesday after an Iraqi minister announced that private guards will no longer be given immunity from U.S military and Iraqi law, ending more than five years of unregulated mercenary violence in the country.

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The Iraqi civil war rages on, and the traditional media continue to ignore it. Also, the young kidnapped American reporter is given 72 hours to live. | story

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