Iraq said on Friday it had begun taking steps to “bring Blackwater to justice” over the deaths of 14 civilians in 2007, one of the bloodiest incidents involving a private security firm here.

A decision Thursday by a US court to drop the charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of the deaths has unleashed anger in Baghdad, where a cabinet minister expressed astonishment.

“The Iraqi government has started to take the necessary measures to bring Blackwater to justice for the killing of 17 Iraqi citizens,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

The guardshad been charged with killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians but Iraq says 17 people were killed. AP

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