Security Firm Faces Criminal Charges in Iraq

Did you know there is an estimated 180,000 private contractors in Iraq in addition to the troops? One group of them work for a firm called Blackwater. The founder of that company has ties to both the Christian Right and AMWAY. -val

By JAMES GLANZ and SABRINA TAVERNISE
Published: September 23, 2007
BAGHDAD, Sept. 22 — The Iraqi government said Saturday that it expects to refer criminal charges to its courts within days in connection with a shooting here by a private American security company, and the Interior Ministry gave new details of six other episodes it is investigating involving the company.

The state minister for national security affairs, Shirwan al-Waili, said the government had received little information from the American side in the early days of a joint investigation of the shooting, which involved the company Blackwater USA and left at least eight Iraqis dead.
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