Iraq takes steps to ‘bring Blackwater to justice’


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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