Monday, October 01, 2007

Blackwater shot first 80% of time

Blackwater faces Iraq deaths probe

The spotlight has fallen on Blackwater's Iraq operations after the deaths of 11 civilians [AFP]

US security contractor Blackwater was involved in nearly 200 shooting incidents in Iraq over the past two years and opened fire first in most of them, a US congressional report has said.
Blackwater is under investigation after some of its troops shot dead 11 Iraqis on September 16.

The private contractor in Iraq hired by the US state department has been the first to fire in more than 80 per cent of shooting incidents in which it has been involved according to a memorandum released on Monday, Henry Waxman, a Democrat, said.

The report said the company had been involved in 195 shooting incidents since 2005.

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