Blackwater Loses License In Iraq

The Interior Ministry in Iraq says it's pulling the license of a North Carolina security firm allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of civilians during an attack on a U.S. State Department motorcade in Baghdad.

The announcement involves Blackwater USA, based in Moyock near
the Virginia state line in Currituck County.

The Interior Ministry in Iraq says it will prosecute any foreign
contractors found to have used excessive force in the incident
Sunday.

The ministry says eight people were killed and 13 were wounded
when security contractors working for Blackwater opened fire in a
predominantly Sunni neighborhood of western Baghdad.

Blackwater provides security for many U.S. civilian operations
in Iraq. The company did not immediately return phone calls this
morning.


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