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2009-03-27 17:01:00

WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of injured civilians and families of Iraqis killed in two unprovoked shootings in Baghdad by Blackwater "shooters" sued the company and founder Erik Prince in separate lawsuits filed today and Thursday in California federal court, according to their U.S.-based legal team. The lawsuits allege that several Blackwater defendants - now operating as Xe and other names under the control of Mr. Prince - have demonstrated "a pattern and practice of...

2008-12-08 13:09:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following remarks are being released by the U.S. Department of Justice: WASHINGTON, D.C. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL PATRICK ROWAN: Good afternoon. My name is Pat Rowan. I'm the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. I am joined on stage by Jeffrey Taylor, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Joseph Persichini, Jr., the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. The prosecutors on this...

2008-06-21 18:00:17

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD - A U.S. army translator holding joint Iraqi-Canadian citizenship goes on trial before a U.S. military court Sunday for allegedly stabbing a fellow contractor. Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing another contractor four times during a fight Feb. 23 on a base near Hit, 140 kilometres west of Baghdad. The court martial, the first such military prosecution since the Vietnam War, will take place at Camp...

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2007-10-23 21:00:00

By RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON - Heavier guns and sturdier trucks would not have saved a team of Blackwater USA guards brutally killed in March 2004 after being lured by corrupt Iraqi forces into a well-planned ambush, the embattled private security contractor contends in a report to Congress. This conclusion sharply contradicts the findings of a congressional investigation led by House Democrats and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of the four slain guards. Blackwater is cast...

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2007-01-23 21:00:05

By STEVEN R. HURST BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. security company helicopter crashed Tuesday as it flew over a dangerous Sunni neighborhood in the central Baghdad where insurgents and Iraqi security troops fought a prolonged gunbattle, and a U.S. official said five American civilians on board were killed. A senior Iraqi military official said the aircraft was shot down, but this was disputed by a U.S. military official in Washington. The Iraqi said the helicopter was hit by a machine gunner over...

2006-02-01 00:45:11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military in Baghdad fired shots at the Canadian ambassador's car on Tuesday but there were no injuries, a U.S. State Department official said. "It's an unfortunate incident. No one was injured. We are in close contact with Canadian officials," said the official, speaking on condition on anonymity. The official provided no further details on the incident. Canada's CBC News reported the car was believed to be carrying some members of the Canadian...

2005-12-22 11:36:29

By Bernd Debusmann WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unprecedented lawsuit stemming from the gruesome killing of four American civilians in Iraq is slowly making its way through the U.S. legal system, closely watched by companies estimated to field up to 100,000 contractors alongside the U.S. military. Lawyers and military experts say the case highlights legal gray zones, a lack of regulation and little oversight of a booming global industry believed to bring in more than $150 billion...


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