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Xe, formerly Blackwater, announces new chiefupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 10:29:00

Xe, the security company formerly known as Blackwater, announced Wednesday that it has a new chief.

Federal appeals court rejects dismissal of Blackwater prosecutionsupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 15:23:00

A three-judge appeals panel in Washington Friday rejected a lower court opinion dismissing the cases against four Blackwater guards charged in connection with the shooting deaths of 14 Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007.

Security contractors accused of killing civilians go on trialupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 08:47:00

A federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, will begin hearing evidence Wednesday in the trial of two U.S. security contractors accused of killing two Afghanistan civilians.

Security contractors accused of killing civilians to be retriedupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 02:50:00

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the retrial of two U.S. security contractors accused of killing two Afghanistan civilians.

Former Blackwater employee won't be charged in shooting of Iraqi guardupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 22:21:00

Federal prosecutors won't file criminal charges against former Blackwater USA employee Andrew J. Moonen, who was accused of fatally shooting an Iraqi security guard in Baghdad on Christmas Eve in 2006, a U.S. attorney announced Monday.

Mistrial for security contractors accused of killing civiliansupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 17:52:00

A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of two U.S. security contractors accused of killing two Afghanistan civilians.

U.S., Blackwater reach settlement over export violationsupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 14:02:00

Xe, the private security firm once known as Blackwater, has reached a $42 million settlement with the U.S. State Department over alleged export violations, a State Department official said.

Karzai issues decree disbanding private security firmsupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 16:33:00

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree Tuesday disbanding all private security firms within four months.

Security contractors charged in Afghanistan killings to be arraignedupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 01:59:00

Two security contractors charged with fatally shooting two Afghan men after a traffic incident will be arraigned in a Virginia courtroom Tuesday morning.

Firm tied to Blackwater gets Afghan contractupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 12:51:00

A firm affiliated with the former Blackwater security company has been awarded a contract to provide protection to U.S. consulates and diplomats in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e Sharif, a U.S. State Department official confirmed on Saturday.

Fortune: Wanted: A buyer for Blackwater and its baggageupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 13:32:00

Xe Services, what Blackwater became after civilian shootings, criminal indictments and civil lawsuits caused a rebranding push in 2009, wants someone to buy it. The question is whether any potential acquirer could stomach the risk.

Fortune: Blackwater's makeoverupdated: Mon May 17 2010 06:12:00

Blackwater wants you to forget everything you've ever heard about it: The 2007 shootings at Nisour Square in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, the allegations of bribery and weapons violations, the relations with Iraqis that deteriorated so badly the company was kicked out of the country altogether. A year ago the military contractor adopted a new name, Xe (pronounced zee, and short for the inert gas xenon), and a new CEO, Joseph Yorio.

Deadly bombings in Pakistanupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 11:51:00

Twin suicide blasts, seconds apart kill dozens in Pakistan. CNN's Reza Sayah reports

Controversial contractor eligible for lucrative new Pentagon bidsupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 16:47:00

Despite revelations in a congressional investigation of a subsidiary's mismanagement and questionable vetting of employees, the company formerly known as Blackwater could soon win millions of dollars in new job orders for work in Afghanistan.

Guns up for grabs?updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 20:58:00

Congress questions the practices of the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Key senators rip Blackwater actions in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 20:58:00

Several key U.S. senators on Wednesday tore into private contractors working in Afghanistan for the company formerly known as Blackwater, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission.

Key senator plans to lambast Blackwater actions in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 22:31:00

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee plans to unleash a withering attack Wednesday on private contractors working for the company formerly known as Blackwater in Afghanistan, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission.

Suit: Prostitute, strippers part of Blackwater fraudupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 10:35:00

Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide employees allege the company charged the government for a prostitute and strippers and kept incompetent personnel for financial reasons, part of what they call a systematic pattern to defraud authorities.

Iraq orders ex-Blackwater contractors outupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 17:05:00

Iraq has ordered former employees of the private military contractor once known as Blackwater to leave the country, its interior minister announced Wednesday.

Missing man in Iraq identified as Army civilian employeeupdated: Sat Feb 06 2010 14:20:00

The U.S. military on Saturday searched for an Army civilian employee who went missing in Baghdad, Iraq, last month, and his family said they are "anxiously awaiting" his freedom.

Pakistani Taliban claim bombing that killed 3 Americansupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 12:59:00

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for Wednesday's deadly attack, now thought to be a suicide bombing, in northwestern Pakistan that killed three U.S. military service members.

Americans killed in Pakistanupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 12:59:00

The Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for a bombing that killed three U.S. servicemen. Reza Sayah reports.

Murky world of espionageupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 17:37:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on how a double agent may have fooled two of the world's best spy agencies.

Source: CIA bomber was about to be searched when explosives detonatedupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 17:37:00

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA officers and contractors and a Jordanian intelligence official in Afghanistan was within seconds of being searched by two security contractors when he detonated his explosives, a former intelligence official with knowledge of the incident told CNN on Tuesday.

Most families in Nusoor Square killings join Blackwater settlementupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 18:55:00

All but one of the families who lost relatives in Baghdad's Nusoor Square killings have agreed to settle their claims against the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, one of the survivors said Sunday.

Two security contractors charged in Afghanistan killingsupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 21:52:00

Two men who worked as security contractors for the company formerly known as Blackwater have been charged with murder in the killings of two Afghan men, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Iraq spokesman: Ex-Blackwater employees not wanted in Iraqupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 12:39:00

The Iraqi government is actively pursuing any former Blackwater personnel still working in the country, spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told CNN in an interview Sunday.

Iraq to sue ex-Blackwater guardsupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 14:21:00

Iraq said Friday that it will file a lawsuit against five Blackwater security guards cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians, an act a government official called murder.

Blackwater's Prince raising concern in Washingtonupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 10:42:00

There's a lot of head-scratching at the CIA over an article in Vanity Fair magazine that dubs Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious private military contractor Blackwater, a "tycoon, contractor, soldier, spy."

Feds drop manslaughter charge against one Blackwater guardupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 23:20:00

Federal prosecutors in Washington announced Friday they will dismiss a manslaughter charge against one of the Blackwater contractors charged in a high-profile shooting incident in Baghdad, Iraq, two years ago.

Top al Qaeda leader blames Blackwater for Peshawar blastsupdated: Sun Nov 15 2009 15:51:00

A senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan has blamed the U.S. security firm formerly known as Blackwater as being behind the recent spate of deadly attacks in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Bolani: 'Blackwater has a problem'updated: Thu Nov 12 2009 02:07:00

Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani on the Blackwater period in the country.

Ex-Blackwater official 'unaware' of any bribe plot; Iraq probing news reportupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 02:07:00

A former vice president of the Blackwater private security company said he was "unaware of any plot or guidance for Blackwater to bribe Iraqi officials" as rage erupted over the killings of 17 civilians by the company's security guards more than two years ago.

Analysis: Blackwater has longstanding ties to CIAupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 23:32:00

The private military contractor formerly known as Blackwater has held classified contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly a decade, but an allegation that the contractor was part of a secret CIA program to kill al Qaeda operatives -- if true -- would take the relationship to a whole new level.

Source: CIA hired Blackwater to help hunt al Qaeda leadersupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 21:14:00

The Central Intelligence Agency hired the private security firm Blackwater USA in 2004 to work on a covert program aimed at targeting and potentially killing top al Qaeda leaders, according to a source familiar with the program.

Congresswoman: U.S. ties with Xe, formerly Blackwater, must endupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 22:58:00

A member of Congress Friday called on the State Department to stop doing business with Xe, the North Carolina-based security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide.

Ex-guards' statements implicate Blackwater founder in Iraq crimesupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 23:14:00

Two former Blackwater employees have made statements against Blackwater Worldwide and its founder Erik Prince, accusing the security company and its former CEO of murder and other serious crimes in Iraq, according to court documents filed this week.

Helicopter crash kills 2 in Iraqupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 02:05:00

A helicopter from private military contractor Xe crashed outside Baghdad on Friday, killing two crew members and leaving two other injured, a company spokeswoman said.

War zone contractors likely here to stayupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 13:56:00

The company formerly known as Blackwater, now called Xe much to its chagrin, has been at the center of the contractor debate for years.

Excerpt: Inside the Falluja massacreupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 11:59:00

March 31, 2004, started early for the four men and the convoy they were escorting. Their differences set aside for the time being, the men hopped into their Pajeros and pulled out, heading to the heart of Falluja.

Excerpt: Inside Blackwater's mission in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 17:08:00

The group would be met by a Blackwater security team in Kabul, Afghanistan. They would be escorted from one meeting to another with employees of the Department of State, the CIA, and the Department of Defense. Erik Prince wanted to know how his company was being perceived half a world away from the Washington media.

Audit finds Blackwater didn't pay for contract infractionsupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 12:44:00

The State Department failed to seek $55 million in penalties from the American security firm once known as Blackwater for not properly complying with its security contract for protecting diplomatic personnel in Iraq, an audit shows.

Contractors in fatal shooting say they're scapegoatsupdated: Wed May 27 2009 11:22:00

Two U.S. security contractors involved in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian said they were pressured to say they had been drinking in order to protect the company's contract.

Contractors involved in shooting are virtual prisoners, attorney saysupdated: Sat May 16 2009 22:18:00

Four security contractors under investigation by the U.S. military for a shooting in Afghanistan are being held against their will by their former employer, their lawyer told CNN on Saturday.

Contractors under investigationupdated: Sat May 16 2009 22:18:00

U.S. military investigates contractors suspected of drinking and shooting Afghan civilians. Chris Lawrence reports.

U.S. investigates Afghan shooting by military contractorsupdated: Fri May 15 2009 21:19:00

The U.S. military in Afghanistan is investigating a group of military contractors who shot and wounded two Afghan civilians in Kabul earlier this month, according to the military.

Blackwater era ending in Iraqupdated: Thu May 07 2009 10:35:00

The troubled Blackwater era ends in Iraq on Thursday as another firm takes over the once-dominant company's security services contract in Baghdad.

Moms of slain Blackwater contractors speak on anniversaryupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 12:43:00

Donna Zovko will have to wait to travel to Falluja to see where her son died in one of the Iraq war's most infamous attacks.

Source: Firm to take over Blackwater/Xe's Iraq contractupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 01:34:00

Herndon, Virginia-based Triple Canopy has been awarded the security services contract in Baghdad, a State Department source told CNN Tuesday.

Blackwater founder, CEO resignsupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 14:56:00

Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater Worldwide security firm, announced Monday he has resigned as head of the company, recently renamed Xe.

Iraq kicks-out Blackwaterupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:38:00

The Iraqi government refuses to renew Blackwater's license to operate in the country. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Official: U.S. will not renew Iraq contract with Blackwaterupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:38:00

The State Department will not renew the contract of security contractor Blackwater Worldwide when it expires in May, a senior State Department official said Friday.

Iraq denies Blackwater an operating licenseupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 21:46:00

Iraq will not grant an operating license to security firm Blackwater Worldwide, an Interior Ministry official said Thursday.

Blackwater defendants plead not guiltyupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 20:47:00

Five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards pleaded not guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter charges and other crimes stemming from a shooting incident in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.

U.S. prosecutors meet with Iraqis in Blackwater caseupdated: Sun Dec 14 2008 04:34:00

U.S. prosecutors met Saturday with dozens of Iraqis to discuss the case of five former Blackwater Worldwide guards accused in a shooting that killed 17 in 2007.

Iraqi reaction to indictmentupdated: Mon Dec 08 2008 23:07:00

CNN's Michael Ware speaks to survivors and victims of the Nisoor Square Blackwater shooting.

Ex-Blackwater guards charged with manslaughterupdated: Mon Dec 08 2008 23:07:00

Five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards indicted on voluntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with killings in Iraq were released on their own recognizance Monday after a court hearing.

Sources: Blackwater-guard charges unveiled Mondayupdated: Sun Dec 07 2008 21:59:00

The Justice Department on Monday plans to unveil charges against five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards stemming from a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqis in Baghdad, according to several sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Sources: Blackwater guards to surrender Mondayupdated: Sun Dec 07 2008 09:28:00

Five former Blackwater security guards, indicted in a 2007 shooting incident in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead, will surrender to the FBI on Monday, a source told CNN on Saturday.

Sources: 5 Blackwater guards charged in Iraq deathsupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 20:12:00

Five security guards from Blackwater Worldwide have been indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting in which 17 Iraqis were killed in a Baghdad square, two sources said Friday.

Feds near decision on indictments in Blackwater caseupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 17:13:00

Justice Department prosecutors are moving closer to seeking indictments for a small number of Blackwater security guards in connection with the deadly shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Time.com: Security Firms Join the Pirate Fightupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 15:00:00

Blackwater Worldwide and other private security firms are joining the battle against pirates plaguing one of the world's most important shipping lanes off the coast of Somalia

Blackwater defends team in Baghdad shootingsupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 13:45:00

Security contractor Blackwater said any guards who acted improperly in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad should be held accountable, but believes its team acted in self-defense, a company spokeswoman said.

Iraqi minister: Deal seeks to end security contractors' immunityupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 16:10:00

Security contractors working in Iraq will no longer receive immunity from prosecution in that nation under a deal being brokered by Iraqi and U.S. officials, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.

Iraqis testify in Blackwater grand jury probeupdated: Tue May 27 2008 21:05:00

Three Iraqis testified Tuesday in a federal grand jury investigation of a deadly Baghdad shooting involving security contractors from Blackwater Worldwide.

Time.com: Blackwater May Avoid Iraq Chargesupdated: Fri May 09 2008 20:00:00

Blackwater Worldwide, the security contractor blamed by an angry Iraqi government for the shooting deaths of 17 civilians, is not expected to face criminal charges

Iraqi leader wants answers for Blackwater 'massacre'updated: Mon Apr 07 2008 13:11:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blasted the U.S. State Department for renewing its contract with the Blackwater security firm, saying the company has yet to answer for what he called a "massacre" last year.

Blackwater in Baghdadupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 13:11:00

Blackwater is still working in Baghdad as an FBI investigation of the contractor continues. Jill Dougherty reports.

Iraqi official: Blackwater staying on 'is bad news'updated: Sat Apr 05 2008 17:30:00

The U.S. State Department's renewal of Blackwater's contract to provide security in Iraq "is bad news," an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said.

Blackwater Iraq contract to be renewedupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 21:02:00

The State Department will renew its contract with Blackwater to provide security in Iraq, Greg Starr, acting assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, said Friday.

Time.com: State Renews Blackwater Dealupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 21:00:00

Amid investigations into fatal shootings of civilians and allegations of tax violations, Blackwater USA's multimillion-dollar contract to protect diplomats in Baghdad has been renewed, the State Department said Friday

Time.com: Will Blackwater Be Rehired? updated: Wed Jan 23 2008 11:00:00

The Bush Administration faces a political decision over whether to renew the contract of the security firm protecting U.S. officials in Iraq

Blackwater guards pumped on steroids, lawsuit allegesupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 21:59:00

A quarter of Blackwater security guards in Iraq use steroids and other "judgment-altering substances," according to a lawsuit filed by the families of several Iraqis killed or wounded in a Baghdad shooting in September.

Blackwater steroid allegationsupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 21:59:00

CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports on allegations of steroid use among Blackwater contractors.

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