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Blackwater still operating in Iraq under new name

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Having changed its name to Xe, Blackwater security firm continues protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq – despite lacking a license to operate.

The company has plans to stay there long into the summer – far longer than previously thought – leading ground operations in parts of Iraq.

U.S. State Department officials acknowledge the company is still there, while Xe has not made any comments about a timetable for leaving.

“We follow the direction of our U.S. government client,” Xe spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said.

Blackwater armed guards were involved in a lethal gun battle in Baghdad’s busy Nisoor Square in September 2007, which left 17 civilians dead, and another 20 injured.

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