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State Dept. inspector-general bows out of Blackwater probeupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 17:46:00

The State Department's inspector-general announced Wednesday he would recuse himself from decisions involving security contractor Blackwater, after admitting his brother serves as an adviser to the company.

Blackwater under fireupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 17:46:00

The New York Times is reporting a FBI probe found 14 of 17 killings of Iraqis by Blackwater guards were unjust.

Blackwater: FBI hasn't interviewed key figures in killingsupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 14:59:00

The FBI has not yet interviewed five "key" members of a Blackwater security team involved in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis, a Blackwater spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Mom to Blackwater: Why?updated: Wed Nov 07 2007 15:21:00

Donna Zovko says her message to Blackwater CEO Erik Prince is "Tell the truth." Blackwater's Erik Prince now says he's willing to meet with her.

Mom: My son was mutilated and I want answersupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 15:21:00

Donna Zovko walks to her son's grave. Tears stream down her face and she begins trembling amid a steady rain. She kisses her right hand and with it strokes her boy's headstone.

U.S. promised Blackwater guards immunity, officials sayupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 18:44:00

State Department investigators promised Blackwater guards immunity from prosecution for last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to officials familiar with the matter.

Blackwater off the hook?updated: Tue Oct 30 2007 18:35:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports on whether the case against Blackwater guards in Baghdad will ever become a criminal case.

Officials: Blackwater guards offered limited immunityupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 18:35:00

No blanket immunity deal was offered to Blackwater guards for their statements regarding a shootout in Iraq last month that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, two senior State Department officials told CNN Tuesday.

U.S. security official quits; Iraqi says shooting victims offered cashupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 22:27:00

The State Department's chief of diplomatic security has resigned amid scrutiny of the use of private military contractors to guard the department's staff in Iraq, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Waxman: Blackwater may have evaded millions in taxes updated: Tue Oct 23 2007 08:58:00

A congressional committee investigating the performance of Blackwater USA questioned whether the private security firm may have evaded paying millions of dollars in taxes.

Contractor 'command center' recommended in Iraq, sources sayupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 23:59:00

A panel recommended to the State Department that the U.S. create a "central command center" to improve coordination among agencies using private security contractors in war zones, senior State Department officials and others familiar with the review told CNN Monday. America's Other Army updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 03:00:00

The killing of 17 Iraqis by Blackwater contractors puts the spotlight on private security companies. Who are these guns for hire, and who pays when they mess up?

Rice to get briefing as team returns from Blackwater probe updated: Wed Oct 17 2007 14:22:00

A State Department team is back in Washington after more than two weeks in Baghdad investigating diplomatic security practices, including the use of private security firms such as Blackwater USA, a department spokesman said.

Blackwater latestupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 04:37:00

CNN's Alessio Vinci reports on the latest developments of the investigation into the Blackwater shooting incident.

Iraq: 'Blackwater must go'updated: Wed Oct 17 2007 04:37:00

Iraq's prime minister wants private military contractor Blackwater out of his country after an Iraqi probe found Blackwater guards randomly shot civilians without provocation in a Baghdad square last month, an aide said Tuesday.

Dad: Blackwater blew up son's and wife's 'skulls'updated: Tue Oct 16 2007 11:28:00

Haythem could only recognize his oldest boy from his tall and slim physique as well as what was left of his shoes. His son's head had been blown away, his body charred beyond recognition. His wife of more than 20 years was torn apart.

Father mourns wife and sonupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 11:28:00

A doctor who lost his wife and son in the Blackwater shooting incident speaks to CNN's Alessio Vinci.

Blackwater chief: Guards were 'definitely' fired onupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 00:14:00

The head of Blackwater USA on Sunday rejected a mounting series of reports suggesting the private contractor's security guards opened fire on innocent Iraqi civilians last month.

Blackwater witness tells storyupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 00:14:00

The FBI investigates Blackwater for a shooting incident in Baghdad, Iraq. CNN's Jim Clancy sits down with an eyewitness

Survivors of Blackwater shooting in Iraq tell FBI their storiesupdated: Sat Oct 13 2007 19:00:00

Survivors of a September 16 incident in which the Iraqi government accuses Blackwater USA security guards of fatally shooting 17 Iraqi civilians without provocation have told FBI investigators harrowing stories of their ordeals.

Shootout witness talksupdated: Sat Oct 13 2007 19:00:00

An Iraqi says he saw Blackwater security guards open fire on a bus and shoot a car driver in the head.

Blackwater details releasedupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 18:38:00

New evidence sheds light on the Blackwater USA shooting incident in Iraq. CNN's Jim Clancy reports

Source: Soldiers found no evidence gunmen fired on Blackwaterupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 18:38:00

U.S. soldiers investigating a shooting by Blackwater guards that left 17 Iraqis dead found no evidence the security contractors were fired upon, a source familiar with a preliminary U.S. military report said Friday.

Insider's guide: Security contractors in Iraqupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 09:12:00

Private security firms have made news recently for killing civilians in Iraq and for an inquiry into their powers at a special hearing in the U.S. Congress.

Security guards blamed in deathsupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 09:12:00

Iraqi government says two women were killed by private security guards escorting a convoy through Baghdad. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports.

Iraqi families sue Blackwater in U.S. courtupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 20:31:00

A Philadelphia law firm filed suit against Blackwater USA on Thursday on behalf of the families of Iraqis killed and injured in last month's shooting in Baghdad's Nusoor Square. State Dept. May Phase Out Blackwaterupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 15:00:00

The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling Blackwater USA's contract

Australian contractor: Our employees feared suicide bombingupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 01:02:00

An Australian security company that Tuesday fired on a car carrying two Iraqi women, killing them, said its team acted because they feared a suicide bombing attack.

Iraqi shooting victims buriedupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 01:02:00

Anger in Baghdad as two women killed by private security guards are buried. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports

Private security casualtiesupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 18:41:00

CNN's Alessio Vinci talks about the latest on a shooting in Baghdad and the Blackwater security scandal in Iraq.

Australian security firm involved in shooting, Iraq official saysupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 18:41:00

The security convoy that on Tuesday fired on a car in Iraq's capital, killing two Iraqi women, was an Australian firm, Iraq's Interior Ministry said. The firm, Unity Resources Group, has offices in Dubai.

New rules for Blackwaterupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 19:01:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports on the tightened supervision of Blackwater contractors protecting U.S. convoys in Iraq.

Iraqi panel: Blackwater guards should face murder chargesupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 19:01:00

An Iraqi report on last month's shootings involving security contractor Blackwater USA called the incident "pre-meditated murder" and is calling for $8 million in compensation for each of the 17 Iraqis who died, a senior Iraqi government official said Monday.

Joint Iraqi-U.S. review begins in wake of Blackwater firefightupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 03:30:00

U.S. and Iraqi officials met Sunday to kick off a review stemming from a deadly September firefight -- involving a Blackwater USA security detail -- that reportedly left 17 people dead.

Waxman: Contractor's re-hiring raises 'serious questions' updated: Sat Oct 06 2007 08:55:00

The Democrats' top investigator in Congress reacted angrily Friday to a CNN report that the former Blackwater USA employee accused of killing an Iraqi vice presidential guard was hired by another U.S. contractor weeks later.

Rice orders more oversight of contractors in Iraqupdated: Fri Oct 05 2007 14:09:00

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered the implementation of three steps to bolster the accountability of private security firms in Iraq, including the Blackwater USA.

Contractor involved in Iraq shooting got job in Kuwaitupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 22:48:00

A Blackwater USA employee who was fired after he allegedly shot and killed an Iraqi security guard on Christmas Eve last year was hired by another private contractor to work in the region less than two months later.

State Department: FBI takes lead in Blackwater probeupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 13:59:00

The FBI has assumed the lead from the State Department on the investigation into last month's Baghdad shootings involving contractors from the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA, the State Department said Thursday.

White House: Contractor bill would have 'intolerable' effectsupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 18:31:00

The Bush administration said Wednesday it opposes a bill that would bring private military contractors overseas under U.S. law, warning it would have "unintended and intolerable consequences" for national security.

Blackwater: View from Baghdadupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 17:17:00

CNN's Alessio Vinci speaks with a survivor of the Blackwater shooting incident in Iraq.

Blackwater boss defends contractors' 'honorable' workupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 17:17:00

The founder and chief executive of Blackwater USA defended his company against allegations that his contractors were trigger-happy mercenaries Tuesday, saying that his personnel have distinguished records and have never intentionally killed civilians.

Fortune: Iraqi civilian deaths unlikely to hurt Blackwaterupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 12:47:00

In Baghdad, you can always pick out the Blackwater security guys. They're the burly Americans wearing dark green fatigues, wrap-around Oakleys and enough weaponry to take over a small country. They keep to themselves, throw big parties and are universally despised - and sometimes genuinely feared - by their rival security contractors.

Pilot said 'this is fun' before fatal Blackwater crashupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 02:46:00

A 2004 crash that killed everyone on board -- three crew members and three U.S. troops -- was caused by pilots from a Blackwater plane taking a low-level run through a mountain canyon in Afghanistan, testimony revealed Tuesday.

Blackwater incident witness: 'It was hell'updated: Wed Oct 03 2007 02:43:00

An Iraqi police officer who was directing traffic at Baghdad's Nusoor Square on September 16 said Blackwater guards "became the terrorists" that Sunday afternoon when they opened fire on civilians, an incident the Iraqi government said was unprovoked.

Video shows shooting aftermathupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 02:43:00

Video recorded by Iraqi police sheds light on the Blackwater shooting incident. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports.

Mom: Blackwater should never forget my boyupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 19:52:00

Katy Helvenston never wants Blackwater or America to forget her boy. Scott Helvenston was a decorated Navy man who, at age 17, became one of the youngest Navy SEALs in U.S. history.

Blackwater chief testifiesupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 19:52:00

Blackwater USA Chairman Erik Prince testifies before a House committee about his embattled security firm.

Blackwater CEO's opening statementupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 12:23:00

Erik Prince, the chairman and CEO of Blackwater USA, appeared Tuesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Blackwater contractor wrote government report on incidentupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 12:00:00

The State Department's initial report of last month's incident in which Blackwater guards were accused of killing Iraqi civilians was written by a Blackwater contractor working in the embassy security detail, according to government and industry sources.

Blackwater chief disputes 'negative and baseless allegations'updated: Tue Oct 02 2007 07:28:00

The chairman of military contractor Blackwater is defending his company from "negative and baseless allegations" surrounding a bloody day in Baghdad, telling a House committee that its guards responded properly to an insurgent attack last month.

Blackwater aftermath videoupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 07:28:00

Video obtained by `Newsweek' magazine shows the aftermath of an incident in Iraq involving Blackwater security.

Iraqi official: Blackwater involved in second shooting September 16updated: Tue Oct 02 2007 02:19:00

One group of Blackwater USA contractors was involved in two separate shootings on September 16, according to a senior Iraqi National Police official who contributed to a report detailing the second shooting.

Blackwater most often shoots first, congressional report saysupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 02:00:00

Blackwater USA guards have used deadly force weekly in Iraq and have inflicted "significant casualties and property damage," according to a congressional staff report released Monday that cites internal company and State Department documents. Blackwater Plans a Fierce Defenseupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 00:00:00

The security company's chief will tell a House committee that it is effective in a difficult climate. Will Democrats buy it?

Report: Blackwater 'impeded' probe into contractor deathsupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 19:34:00

Private military contractor Blackwater USA "delayed and impeded" a congressional probe into the 2004 killings of four of its employees in Falluja, Iraq, the House Oversight Committee said Thursday in a report.

Defense secretary sends team to review Iraq contractorsupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 22:45:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday he wants closer oversight of Pentagon contractors in Iraq and has dispatched a team there to review military procedures.

Blackwater and Iraqupdated: Sun Sep 23 2007 18:13:00

An investigation of weapons smuggling targets former Blackwater USA workers. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports.

Iraq: Blackwater staff to face chargesupdated: Sun Sep 23 2007 18:13:00

The Iraqi government said it will file criminal charges against employees of security firm Blackwater USA who were involved a gun battle in Baghdad in which civilians were killed, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Sunday.

Blackwater denies involvement in illicit arms tradeupdated: Sat Sep 22 2007 22:57:00

Allegations that Blackwater USA -- whose operations were suspended after 20 Iraqi civilians were shot to death last weekend -- was "in any way associated or complicit in unlawful arms activities are baseless," the company asserted Saturday.

Survivors of attack speak outupdated: Sat Sep 22 2007 22:55:00

Those wounded in an incident involving Blackwater security say the shooting was unprovoked. CNN's Aneesh Raman reports.

Blackwater's license revokedupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 18:48:00

Iraq revokes the operating license of the Blackwater security firm after a fatal shooting. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Blackwater resuming operations in Iraqupdated: Fri Sep 21 2007 18:48:00

The security firm Blackwater USA is starting to resume normal operations in Iraq after a hiatus sparked by concerns among Iraqi and U.S. government officials over its actions.

Joint commission to examine personal security details in Iraqupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 03:14:00

A joint U.S.-Iraq commission will focus on security contractors in Iraq after an uproar over a Baghdad firefight involving Blackwater USA, the U.S. State Department announced Wednesday.

Wounded Iraqis: 'No one did anything' to provoke Blackwaterupdated: Wed Sep 19 2007 15:10:00

It was last Sunday in western Baghdad. Helicopters circled overhead while armed guards, privately hired by the U.S. government, were conducting an ordinary mission to protect U.S. State Department employees.

Blackwater: Employees 'acted lawfully'updated: Wed Sep 19 2007 11:47:00

Private security firm Blackwater USA has issued the following statement in response to accusations leveled at it about an incident Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq:

U.S. suspends diplomatic convoys throughout Iraqupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 20:08:00

Ground movements of American civilians in most of Iraq were on hold Tuesday after an uproar over a Baghdad firefight involving American security firm Blackwater USA.

Iraq battle was self-defense, security firm saysupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 05:30:00

Iraqi officials Monday condemned the weekend killings of eight civilians during a Baghdad street battle involving American security contractors and said they would shut down Blackwater, the company involved.

Deadly jobs of Iraq contractors examined in Congressupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 02:17:00

A manager for a private security contractor warned executives that he lacked proper equipment in Iraq a day before four of its employees were killed and two were left hanging from a bridge, a House committee disclosed Wednesday.

7 U.S. security contractors killed in Iraqupdated: Thu Apr 21 2005 11:21:00

Seven Blackwater USA employees, all Americans, died Thursday in Iraq, the company said.

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