Rice Orders More Oversight For Guards Of US Diplomats In Iraq

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ordered new measures to improve government oversight of private guards who protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq.

The move comes after an independent review panel studied last month's deadly Baghdad shooting involving North Carolina-based
Blackwater USA.

The proposals include tighter rules of engagement and a board to
investigate any future killings.

The steps require contractors to undergo training to make them more sensitive to Iraqi culture and language.

The changes to rules of engagement bring the State Department closer to military rules.

The State Department's rules for contractors' use of force were more detailed in some respects. But the panel found the Pentagon had clearer rules for steps a guard must take after identifying a threat.


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