Posted by: Tony Carson | 18 September, 2007

Will Iraq Kick Out Blackwater?

The US said — Iraq said of Blackwater.

First, the US:

Last week U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker testified to the Senate that the State Department is overwhelmingly dependent on contractors like Blackwater for its security. As he put it, “There is simply no way at all that the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security could ever have enough full-time personnel to staff the security function in Iraq. There is no alternative except through contracts.”

Crocker added, “The capability and courage of the individuals who provide security under contract is worthy of respect of all Americans.”

Now the Iraqis:

A spokesman for Iraq’s Interior Ministry has told reporters it has cancelled Blackwater’s license and will launch an investigation into whether excessive force was used in the incident … as far as the license being permanently revoked, “it’s not a done deal yet.”

However, the Iraqi official also said he had spoken with at least two cabinet members about yesterday’s shooting and that some in the government have “been upset about Blackwater for a while now. They want them to get out,” said the advisor.

Time has the story here: Will Iraq Kick Out Blackwater?


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