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Iraqi Government Wants Security Guards To Face Trial In Their Country

An Iraqi government minister says the official Iraqi investigation into last month's Blackwater shooting recommends the security guards face trial in Iraqi courts, and that the North Carolina company pay compensation to the victims.

The government minister tells The Associated Press that the
three-member panel finished its work earlier this week and
submitted the report and recommendations to Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki on Tuesday.

The minister says the report determined that 13 Iraqi civilians
not 11 as originally reported, were killed when Blackwater USA
guards opened fire in western Baghdad September 16th.

Blackwater has said its guards, which protect State Department
personnel in Baghdad, only used their weapons after they came under
fire.


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