Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FBI finds Blackwater shootings unjustified

FBI finds Blackwater Iraq shootings unjustified, report says

Associated Press
Wednesday November 14, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

A Blackwater helicopter flying low in Baghdad
A Blackwater helicopter flies low over Baghdad. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty

The shootings of 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians killed by Blackwater security personnel in a September confrontation were unjustified and violated rules on the use of deadly force, according to a newspaper report.

Citing civilian and military officials briefed on the case, the New York Times reported on its website last night that the US justice department was reviewing the findings of the FBI, which was continuing to investigate the incident in Baghdad on September 16.

No evidence supported assertions by Blackwater employees that they were fired upon by Iraqi civilians, the Times reported. continued

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