Blackwater Banned from Iraq, Blanket Immunity Repealed

Reprinted from  Al Jazeera
US security firm banned from Iraq

At least 17 civilians were killed in the shooting
in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square [AFP]

Blackwater, a US private security firm, has been barred from providing security for US diplomats in Iraq for its alleged involvement in the deaths of at least 17 civilians in 2007.

The Iraqi interior ministry on Thursday said the measure followed the firm’s “improper conduct and excessive use of force”.

Five former Blackwater guards are awaiting trial in the US for the incident that took place in September 2007.

One Blackwater guard has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and attempt to commit manslaughter over that incident….

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