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Iraq

Tighter control of Blackwater seen

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Private security firms working in Iraq would face more U.S. military oversight under a new agreement between the Pentagon and State Department. Full story...
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Justice officials frustrated by probe of Blackwater smuggling

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Bureaucracy appears to be slowing the criminal investigation into North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide. Full story...
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Grand jury investigating Blackwater shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 Iraqi civilians

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A federal grand jury is said to be investigating the role of North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide security guards in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Full story...
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Charges uncertain in Blackwater inquiry

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The Justice Department says it has not decided whether to prosecute North Carolina-based Blackwater bodyguards for the September shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians. Full story...
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Report says that FBI finds 14 of the 17 Blackwater shootings were unjustified

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A spokeswoman for Blackwater Worldwide says the North Carolina-based company supports "stringent accountability" for any wrongdoing. Full story...
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Democrats: war cost doesn't add up

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Democrats say the numbers don't add up. That the true costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been grossly underestimated and that the conflicts cost double what the white house has requested, totaling $1.6 trillion so far, with no end to spending in sight. All the more reason, they say to bring the troops back. Full story...
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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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