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Leaked cable: Ex-Blackwater guards kept working in Iraq

Posted By yihan On September 5, 2011 @ 1:48 am In World News | Comments Disabled

AFP [1]
Monday, September 5, 2011

BAGHDAD — A leaked US diplomatic cable says that “hundreds” of former employees of Blackwater, which was barred from Iraq over a deadly 2007 shooting, later worked with other firms guarding US diplomats here.

Iraq announced in January 2009 that it would not renew Blackwater’s operating licence due to a September 16, 2007 incident in which guards protecting a US diplomatic convoy opened fire in Baghdad’s busy Nisur Square, killing at least 14 civilians.

After that announcement, the US State Department did not renew its contract with Blackwater, which has renamed itself Xe, for security services in Iraq.

But US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks confirm that ex-Blackwater employees kept working in Iraq with other security firms.

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[1] AFP: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/04/leaked-cable-ex-blackwater-guards-kept-working-in-iraq/

[2] Iraq ends licence of US security firm Blackwater: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iraq-ends-licence-of-us-security-firm-blackwater.html

[3] Blackwater still operating in Iraq under new name: http://www.prisonplanet.com/blackwater-still-operating-in-iraq-under-new-name.html

[4] Blackwater Said to Pursue Bribes to Iraq After 17 Died: http://www.prisonplanet.com/blackwater-said-to-pursue-bribes-to-iraq-after-17-died.html

[5] Blackwater Threatened to Kill State Dept. Official in Iraq: http://www.prisonplanet.com/blackwater-threatened-to-kill-state-dept-official-in-iraq.html

[6] US security guards to be charged over mass shooting in Iraq: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-security-guards-to-be-charged-over-mass-shooting-in-iraq.html

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