No More Waffling

But, but, Iraq already threw them out a month ago, immediately following the incident in Nusur Square. And of course, they should’ve been thrown out of Iraq a few years ago. Whatever ….

Report says Iraq wants Blackwater out within 6 months
By Times Wires, Published October 15, 2007

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi government has demanded that Blackwater USA, the private security firm that guards top U.S. diplomats in Iraq, be expelled from the country within six months and pay $8-million in compensation to the family of every civilian its employees are accused of killing last month, Iraqi officials said.

The demands were contained in a report prepared by Iraqi investigators probing the shooting in downtown Baghdad, in which they said 17 Iraqis were killed after Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation. The findings were described by Iraqi officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Sept. 16 incident sparked widespread outrage across Iraq and prompted heightened scrutiny here and in the United States of shootings by foreign security firms that have left scores of Iraqis dead.

Anne Tyrrell, a spokeswoman for Blackwater, said she had not seen the report and hoped no decisions would be made until an investigation by the FBI has been completed. The company has said its guards opened fire after they came under attack.


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