Flushing Blackwater: Iraq expels 'Xe' private contractorsSubmitted by meekandmild on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 13:12
Iraqi officials have ordered 250 Blackwater security guards to leave the country within a week. The Interior Ministry says both current and former employees of the firm, were told of their expulsion a few days ago. It comes after a U.S. judge dismissed the manslaughter charges against 5 members of the company, in connection with the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. Blackwater, which is now called 'Xe Services', was one of three private U.S. security contractors hired to protect diplomats in Iraq.