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September 30, 2018
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WASHINGTON: Blackwater USA, the private security company involved in a lethal shoot-out in Iraq last weekend, operates under State Department authority and is untouchable, US and Iraqi officials said. (Sydney Morning Herald — 21 September, 2007)
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Blackwater USA is exempt from U.S. military regulations enforced against other security firms. (Washington Post — 20 September, 2007)
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Blackwater USA, the private security company involved in a Baghdad shootout last weekend, operated under State Department authority that exempted the company from U.S. military regulations governing other security firms, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and industry representatives. (MSNBC — 20 September, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 19 — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promised Wednesday that American security contractors would be held accountable for opening fire on Iraqis in downtown Baghdad last weekend. (Washington Post — 20 September, 2007)
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Following Baghdad shootout that left 9 dead, government pulls license of security company. (Washington Post — 18 September, 2007)
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The Iraqi government will file criminal charges against employees of U.S. security firm Blackwater who are blamed for shooting dead at least eight civilians in Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Sunday. (CNN — 3 hours ago)
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Iraq’s probe into a deadly shooting by Blackwater USA in Baghdad last weekend has expanded to include allegations about the security firm’s involvement in six other violent episodes this year that left at least 10 Iraqis dead. (MSNBC — 22 September, 2007)
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Iraq says it will review the status of all private security companies after a deadly gunfight involving a US firm. (BBC News — 18 September, 2007)
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US security firm Blackwater resumes work in Baghdad days after a shootout which killed 11 Iraqis. (BBC News — 22 September, 2007)
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Iraq’s Interior Ministry has expanded its investigation into incidents involving Blackwater USA security guards amid the furor following a shooting that claimed at least 11 lives, a ministry spokesman said Saturday. (MSNBC — 20 hours ago)
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Iraq withdraws the licence of US security firm and would prosecuteemployees it says are involved in Baghdad shooting in which 11people were killed. (Sydney Morning Herald — 18 September, 2007)
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The killing of 11 Iraqi civilians has highlighted unruly behaviouramong private security firms who have become hated in a painfullyunpopular war, writes Tom Allard. (Sydney Morning Herald — 22 September, 2007)
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Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that employees of Blackwater — a security firm hired by the State Department to guard U.S. staff in Iraq — illegally smuggled weapons into Iraq, according to U.S. government sources. (CNN — 22 September, 2007)
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