250 Blackwater personnel kicked out
February 10, 2010 - 05:58:47
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A total of 250 employees working for the U.S. security firm Blackwater have been dismissed and given seven days to leave Iraq, the Iraqi minister of interior said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV.
A U.S. federal judge had dropped all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007.
Citing repeated government missteps, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina dismissed a case that had been steeped in international politics.
The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiments abroad. The Iraqi government wanted the guards to face trial in Iraq and officials there said they would closely watch how the U.S. judicial system handles the case.