"Blackwater" Still In Iraq

Some Iraqis wounded in the 2007 shootout by guards for the former Blackwater Worldwide security firm are angry the North Carolina company will continue work in Iraq longer than previously thought.

Hassan Jabir, a lawyer hit by gunfire in the deadly melee, says he is outraged at the Iraqi government for not taking a harder stance against the Moyock company, now known as Xe, which is pronounced 'zee.'

Another Iraqi, Sami Hawas Hamoud Abu al-Iz, is demanding Iraqi authorities bring charges against the contractor. The shooting in
Baghdad's Nisoor Square left 17 civilians dead.

The company's contract to protect diplomats ends next month. But officials in Washington have told The Associated Press the company
will continue some work into the summer.


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