Iraq presses US to expel Blackwater

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi government has upheld the findings of an official investigation of the alleged shooting death of 17 Iraqis by employees of North Carolina-based Blackwater USA. Officials say Iraq is pressing the U.S. Embassy to expel the Moyock-based private security company from Iraq. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media. They say a Cabinet meeting yesterday also decided to set up a committee to look into the legal aspects of repealing a 2004 directive that placed private security companies outside Iraqi law. The Iraqi investigation into the September 16th shooting in Baghdad says established that Blackwater personnel guarding a State Department convoy opened fire at Iraqis without provocation. Blackwater denies that. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Odd that both the Iraqis and Liberal Democrats hate Blackwater with a passion. Not odd is the fact that since Blackwater began guarding State Department diplomats in Iraq, not a single one has been killed... ....but I'm sure that with his vast experience, that oh-so-tough warrior Henry Waxman (D-CA) knows all about how you should and shouldn't conduct a security operation.