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Offline bigron

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Controversial Blackwater era ends in Iraq
« on: May 08, 2009, 07:14:12 am »
Controversial Blackwater era ends in Iraq 

07/05/2009 11:46:00 PM GMT

The troubled US security firm Blackwater has halted its operations in Iraq, ending its controversial era in the war-battered country.

"The task order for security protection operations held by Blackwater comes to an end today in Baghdad," American embassy spokeswoman Susan Ziadeh said on Thursday.

Five guards working for the Blackwater security company in Baghdad opened fire without provocation and killed Iraqi civilians in the busy Nusoor Square on September 16, 2007.

The guards used automatic rifles and grenade launchers to fire on cars, houses, a traffic cop and a school. Some 17 Iraqis were killed and 20 others were wounded. An Iraqi inquiry later found that the guards were "not touched even by a stone" when they opened fire on the civilians.

The US State Department nevertheless renewed the Blackwater contract in 2008, opening the door to global condemnation of US conduct in Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki then blasted the move, saying the company had yet to answer for the "massacre" it committed in 2007.

The State Department in January 2009 did not renew the contract of security contractor Blackwater Worldwide.

Now Triple Canopy, a Virginia-based company, has picked up the expiring Blackwater Worldwide's contract -- the company changed its name to XE a few months ago.

The US-Iraqi security agreement specifies that American civilian contractors will no longer be immune from Iraqi prosecution for crimes committed in the country.

Starting January 1, the Iraqi government has also mandated that all contractors must obtain Iraqi licenses to operate in the war-torn country.

-- Press TV


Offline weegie1

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Re: Controversial Blackwater era ends in Iraq
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009, 07:38:07 am »
Nothings changed except the name, Blackwater is now called Xe(pronounced zee). I'm sure it will be business as usual.