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U.S. Charges Contractor at Iraq Post in Stabbing
By MICHAEL R. GORDON
WASHINGTON POST

BAGHDAD — The American military has charged a contractor with assault in a case that may emerge as a major test of the military’s legal jurisdiction over civilians who accompany the armed forces into the field, military officials and legal experts said Friday. (more…)

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Iraqis Detail Shooting by Guard Firm
Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD — Guards employed by Unity Resources Group, a security company responsible for the shooting deaths of two Iraqi women here Oct. 9, had shot and seriously wounded a man driving a van 3 1/2 months earlier on the same Baghdad thoroughfare, according to four witnesses. (more…)

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Foreigners held for Iraq shooting
BBC NEWS

A group of at least 32 foreigners have been detained in Baghdad after an Iraqi woman was shot and injured, say Iraqi government officials. (more…)

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Guards ‘killed Afghan civilians’
BBC NEWS

Many people reported dead in a recent bombing in Afghanistan were actually shot dead by security guards after the blast, an internal UN document says. (more…)

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Blackwater’s loopholes
Prosecuting private security contractors for shooting Iraqi civilians might be impossible.
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians by operatives of the Blackwater security company have concluded that 14 were victims of unjustified and unprovoked shootings. Some died in a hail of bullets as they fled. The investigators also have rejected assertions by Blackwater that its forces were defending themselves, saying there is no evidence to support that claim. (more…)

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FBI faults Blackwater in Iraq slayings
New York Times

Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 14 of the shootings were unjustified and violated rules on deadly force in effect for security contractors in Iraq, according to civilian and military officials briefed on the case. (more…)

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How Blackwater Sniper Fire Felled 3 Iraqi Guards
Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD — Last Feb. 7, a sniper employed by Blackwater USA, the private security company, opened fire from the roof of the Iraqi Justice Ministry. The bullet tore through the head of a 23-year-old guard for the state-funded Iraqi Media Network, who was standing on a balcony across an open traffic circle. Another guard rushed to his colleague’s side and was fatally shot in the neck. A third guard was found dead more than an hour later on the same balcony. (more…)

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