Iraq: No Blackwater Guards Allowed

A senior Iraqi official says Iraq will not authorize North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide to operate in the country anymore. Moyock-based Blackwater is the U.S. Embassy's main security company.

Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf says his ministry's decision was sent last Friday to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and "they have to find a new security company."

Khalaf adds that the decision was prompted by what he called the guards' "improper conduct and excessive use of force" in a shooting that killed 17 Iraqi civilians and injured dozens of others in 2007.

He was speaking to The Associated Press in a phone interview on Thursday.

A new U.S.-Iraqi security agreement gives Iraqi the authority to determine which Western security companies operate in Iraq.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Come on guys, there isn't anything wrong with the post you are holding.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    THe US government should tell the Iraq government to shut the #*@! up. Tell them that thier negligence is the reason that we had to go over there in the first place, and that the US government is running the show until we decide to leave.
  • by Foolish Americans Location: Amityville on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    VBush, I agree that upon our withdrawl, Iraq would revert back to its old ways. One has to ask, why do Muslim coutries not like Americans? The answer is we have a habit of pushing our culture and way of life off on certain geographic regions of the world. We need to leave Iraq, Afganistan, and stop financially supporting Isreal. Only then will we be on good terms with the Middle East.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    What's next? Kick out American forces? We should only be so lucky. Now all Blackwater has to do is change their name and open up in another state and they can stay over there and fight the Iraqi's. I don't know why they would or even want to, but that's their decision.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 29, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    Barlow, they are mercenaries. I am not saying I have a problem with it, but lets call a spade a spade. They are civilians paid to fight. (Mercenaries). NCLEO and Foolish Americans; The fact that the Iraquis seem a little ungrateful when taking these type of actions is obvious, and feeling like we should leave them to their fate may be justified, but we need to stay regardless. The pull out of our troops and letting the chips fall where they may would have drastic and dire consequences the world over. It would not be limited to simple chaos in Iraq. Therefore, simply pulling out over some of their political indiscretions would be in itself a foolish act on our part. The 'big picture' is more important in this case.
  • by What???? on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    Hey Barlow- An audio recording of Blackwater calling for backup because they were being shot at exsists. Gunfire can be heard during the radio transmissions. The problems is, civilians are allowing terrorists to mingle with them and disappear once the gunfight is over. If you want highly trained people to perform a job in a combat zone, then don't expect them to actually get shot before they return fire!!! Is getting wounded the burden of proof you are going to ask these men to show?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    This is probably one of those deals where the company provides a good service (although they should not be paid more than our troops for the same job, if they are doing the same job) but they have had some people run amok and so are viewed by the rest of the world as a bunch of mercenaries. We need to rely less on these "private" contractors and more on the military. They also need to be held to the same standards of discipline and military law as the soldiers.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:25 AM
    If I was the man making the decisions at Blackwater, I would have told Iraq and the US government to get lost a long time ago. The rules that they were expected to operate under were ridiculous. The US government needs to tell all these other countries to take a hike.Spend all the money thats being given to Iraq on problems here in the US.Only use your military to protect yourself, and to take what you need for national security.And when you do go into another country, don't rebuild anything.
  • by NCLEO Location: NC on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    They don't want Blackwater? Fine. Time for us to leave and let them handle their own security. Let's see, their native fighters usually blow themselves up right? That'll be a lot better for restoring peace.
  • by Foolish Americans Location: Amityville on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:17 AM
    We have been too nice to the Iraqi people. Ten years ago their President would punish detractors by forcing them to jump off of three story buildings. These and other human rights violations (such as the use of deadly gas) are well documented on video. And now in 2009 they are dictating which companies cas provide security to our government officials??? Not once did we ever ask Iraqi for a couple of millon gallons of oil to defer the cost of this military operation. Lets pull out now and and let them start shooting each other again.

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