Rice Orders Security Overhauls For U.S. Diplomatic Convoys In Iraq

A senior U.S. official says an internal State Department review ordered by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recommends overhauling U.S. diplomatic security practices in Iraq because of the Blackwater USA shooting incident.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says Rice has ordered that the recommendations be followed, including requiring U.S. diplomatic security agents to accompany Blackwater-escorted envoys
in Baghdad.

The government security service also will bolster the monitoring of private security escorts, installing video cameras in cars and recording radio traffic between convoys and the U.S. embassy.


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