Blackwater’s image in Iraq was irrevocably tarnished by the September 2007 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in Nisoor Square. Five former Blackwater guards pleaded not guilty Jan. 6 in federal court in Washington to manslaughter and gun charges in that shooting.
I think this is the first time SOFA is bearing its teeth at the US governemnt. The new US-Iraqi security agreement gives the Iraqi government the right to licence (or not) any security firm working within its borders. And Blackwater, after behaving like it’s a free shooting range here, have angered a lot of Iraqis… example of their stupidity?
Federal prosecutors in Seattle intend to charge a former Blackwater USA operative for fatally shooting the bodyguard of the Iraqi vice president after a drunken Christmas party in Baghdad’s secure “Green Zone” in 2006, according to the man’s attorney and sources within the U.S. Department of Justice.