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Iraqi Government Finally Bans Blackwater Over Nisoor Square Shooting

Blackwater barred for using excessive force.

We're seeing some long overdue justice for one of the Iraq war's biggest profiteers.  Today, the AP reports that the Iraqi government is barring Blackwater from providing security for US diplomats because the mercenary firm used "excessive force" in the 2007 Nisoor Square shooting that killed 17 Iraqi civilians.  While neither the Iraqi government nor the US Embassy has given a date for Blackwater personnel to leave Iraq yet, what is of particular note here is that the Iraqi government now views these guards for what they really are: criminals.  Five of the Blackwater guards involved in the Nisoor Square shooting face manslaughter charges in our own country right now, while a sixth has already pleaded guilty.

ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.
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