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Grand jury charges former Blackwater guard with murder over killing of Iraq civilians

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A grand jury has charged a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard with murder for his alleged role in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Baghdad, according to an indictment made public on Friday. A federal appeals court last month effectively ended a manslaughter…

Rebranding won’t help: bloody Blackwater is now ‘Xe’

With a record in Iraq of uncontrolled violence as a U.S. security contractor, NC-based Blackwater Worldwide decided it needed a facelift, as if a name-change would wash away its record. Bzzzzzt. Blackwater Worldwide, the contractor that emerged over the last few years as Exhibit A for ugly Americans in Iraq,…