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Blackwater Banned In Iraq After Shooting

From an elated Reuters:

A Blackwater helicopter hovers over the site where a car bomb exploded in Baghdad.

Iraq revokes security contractor license after shootout

Mon Sep 17, 2007

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq announced on Monday it had withdrawn the license of a U.S. security firm and would prosecute employees it said were involved in a shooting in Baghdad in which 11 people were killed.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said security personnel working for contractors Blackwater had opened fire after mortar rounds landed near their cars in Nusour Square in the western Baghdad district of Mansour.

“By chance the company was passing by. They opened fire randomly at citizens,” Brigadier-General Abdul-Karim Khalaf said. Eleven people were killed, including one policeman, and 13 people were wounded, he said…

“We have withdrawn its license,” Khalaf said, adding that the ministry had also formed a committee to investigate the incident and “deliver those who committed this act to the court.”

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki condemned the shooting and vowed to punish the perpetrators and their employers.

“We will work to punish and halt the work of the security company which conducted this criminal act,” state television quoted him as saying.

Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani said security contractors “must respect Iraqi laws and the right of Iraqis to independence on their land.” …

That’s gratitude for you.

After all, the contractors from Blackwater are only in Iraq foolishly trying to do the jobs that the Iraqis are too stupid, lazy or cowardly to do for themselves.

Of course these contractors should have just waiting around until they were attacked by shovel wielding hordes, set on fire, and then dragged through the streets and hung from bridges, like these contractors:

It will be interesting to see how long the Iraqis can go without them.

But the Maliki government never passes up a chance to make it harder to support them.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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