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Iraq

Local woman starts 'Adopt a Soldier' program

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videoA local woman is reinventing the wheel when it comes to sending care packages to soldiers serving overseas. Full story...
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Immunity could hurt Blackwater prosecution

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The State Department says limited immunity has been routinely offered to private security contractors. Full story...
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Democrats: Blackwater not held accountable in civilian deaths

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Democrats criticized the Bush administration today for giving immunity to bodyguards with North Carolina-based Blackwater USA. Full story...
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Congress moves to put all armed contractors under military control

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Congress is moving to put armed contractors in combat zones under military control. Full story...
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Iraq presses US to expel Blackwater

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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. Full story...
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Panel: US must control security firms

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An independent panel is recommending that the U.S. government impose unified control over private security guards working for the U.S. in Iraq. Full story...
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Could Blackwater be on its way out of Iraq?

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The head of North Carolina-based Blackwater USA says he wants his guards to be able to "clear their names, do their jobs and move forward." Full story...
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Survivor and three families of men who died sue Blackwater

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Families of Iraqis who died in a shooting involving Blackwater USA contractors in Baghdad sued the North Carolina company today. Full story...
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Iraqi report calls for 136 million dollar payout from Blackwater

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An Iraqi government report calls for Blackwater USA to pay eight million dollars in compensation to each of the 17 people killed in shootings last month. Full story...
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House passes bill making contractors in Iraq subject to U.S. courts

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The House has passed a bill that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. Full story...
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Blackwater founder defends his company's contractors in Iraq

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The founder of a security firm that's come under scrutiny for its record in Iraq is vigorously defending the company. Full story...
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Blackwater terminated security guards for a number problems

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A report from a congressional committee shows private security contractor Blackwater USA has had to fire 122 employees over the past three years for a variety of problems. Full story...
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Rice orders team to Iraq in probe of Blackwater USA shootings

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ordered a high level review board in Baghdad to look at five incidents were guards from North Carolina-based Blackwater USA killed civilians in Iraq this year. Full story...
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Soldier: Sergeant from N.C. ordered me to shoot unarmed Iraqi man

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A U.S. soldier testified today in a field court-martial in Baghdad that a staff sergeant from North Carolina ordered him to shoot an unarmed Iraqi man. Full story...
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Local class sends packages to soldiers in Iraq

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videoA local sixth grade class is finding a unique way to show support for our soldiers in Iraq and it involves a needle and thread. Soon soldiers in Iraq will be receiving a different kind of care package. Inside will be neck ties with a purpose made by students at Myrtle Grove Middle School. Full story...
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