Security Firm’s License Is Pulled in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 — The Iraqi government said it had revoked the license of Blackwater USA, a private security company that provides protection for American diplomats across Iraq, after shots fired from an American convoy killed eight Iraqis.
Abdul-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, said the authorities had canceled the company’s license and barred its activity across Iraq. He said the government would prosecute the deaths, though according to the rules that govern private contractors, it was not clear whether the Iraqis had the legal authority to do so.
Well, this is not your father’s Oldsmobile.
Blackwater is THE security firm across Iraq and Kuwait, holding the lion’s share of security for the American Army, diplomatic service and various contractors.
There will be major heat