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Iraq wants to limit private security contractors

Iraq deeply mistrusts private security companies and wants to limit their operations here, officials say, while the contractors themselves have faced bureaucratic delays and detentions. This mistrust stems from perceived arrogant behaviour by employees of these firms in the past and various incidents of violence involving them. The most infamous incident was…

Blackwater settles Iraq killings suit

(Reuters) – A wrongful death lawsuit linked to a defining moment of the Iraq war has ended with the company formerly known as Blackwater agreeing to settle with the families of four security contractors killed in a gruesome 2004 ambush. The victims’ survivors reached a confidential settlement with the company’s…

Blackwater looking to return to Iraq

Four years after Blackwater’s license to operate in Iraq was revoked over the killing of 17 Iraqis, Xe Services LLC — the company formerly known as Blackwater — wants to return to the country. In an interview published Thursday, Xe President and Chief Executive Ted Wright told The Wall Street…

Ex-Blackwater guard sentenced to 37 months for Afghan’s death

WASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security guard was sentenced to three years and one month in prison Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter in a Kabul shooting in 2009, the US Justice Department announced. Christopher Drotleff, 31, and Justin Cannon, 29, another former Blackwater employee, were convicted in March of involuntary manslaughter…

Blackwater sued for allegedly failing to pay benefits

WASHINGTON — Four former employees of Blackwater, the scandal-plagued security firm now called Xe, have filed a $60 million class action lawsuit claiming the firm failed to pay health and pension benefits to its employees. Their lawyer, Scott Bloch, said Wednesday that Xe improperly classified thousands of its employees as…

U.S. court reinstates Blackwater Iraq shooting case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge erred in dismissing all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007, an appeals court ruled on Friday. The unanimous three-judge panel reinstated the charges and sent the case back to the judge for more proceedings,…

US appeals to reopen Blackwater case

WASHINGTON — A US appeals court met behind closed doors Tuesday as the government appealed a judge’s decision to clear five former guards with security company Blackwater of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The three appeals court judges agreed to a request from all sides for the hearing into…

Blackwater’s Prince building mercenary force with apartheid-era ‘hit squad’ officer

The northeast African country of Somalia has been one of the world’s most notorious failed states for more than two decades. Its current government has been pushed out of most of the country’s territory and now controls a fraction of the capital city, and high-seas piracy off the country’s coast…

Xe Services, formerly Blackwater International, sold

Private US security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater International, has been bought by a group of investors, they announced on Friday. New York-based USTC Holdings said it will acquire Xe and its core operating subsidiaries, but did not disclose the price or terms of the agreement in a statement.…

Code for security firms reins in violence, mercenaries

Officials said on Tuesday a landmark US and British-backed code of conduct signed by private security operators, including some operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, would stop the firms being used as mercenaries. Britain announced at the signing that it intended to make the code, which is aimed at preventing abuse…

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