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Federal appeals court reinstates case against Blackwater guards
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reinstated a case against four former Blackwater employees involved in the September 2007 shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians . The US Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the c (More)
Ex-Blackwater contractors convicted of manslaughter for Afghan shootings
Two former Blackwater contractors were convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for their role in the May 2009 shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals and the wounding of a third. (More)
Federal judge rules Blackwater shooting suit can proceed in state court
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against Blackwater , now known as Xe Services , can proceed in state court. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident in the Nisour (More)
Afghanistan government confiscating weapons of private security firms under Karzai decree
The Afghan government on Sunday began the process of assuming responsibility for the country's security by disbanding eight Afghan and foreign private security firms and confiscating their weapons and ammunition. The banning of the firms is being (More)
Federal judge declares mistrial in murder case against Blackwater contractors
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia declared a mistrial Monday in a murder case against two Blackwater defense contractors after the jury failed to reach a verdict. The jury notified Judge Robert Doumar Monday mo (More)
UN report urges heightened regulation of US military contractors
A report presented Tuesday by the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries urges the US to increase regulation of military contractors employed worldwide, citing alleged human rights abuses and the contractors' lack of transparency and accountab (More)
US Navy SEAL acquitted of Iraqi prisoner assault charges
A US military panel in Iraq on Thursday acquitted Navy SEAL Julio Huertas of any wrongdoing in connection with the alleged assault of a high-profile Iraqi detainee. A six-person jury found Huertas not guilty on charges of dereliction of duty and i (More)
Blackwater contractors will not face death penalty for 2009 killings: prosecutors
Two Blackwater contractors working for the US Department of Defense will not face the death penalty for the alleged May 2009 shooting of two Afghans at an intersection in Kabul. Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi and Christopher Drotleff of Virginia (More)
Former Blackwater executives indicted on weapons charges
A federal grand jury on Friday indicted five former Blackwater executives on charges of weapons violations and lying to criminal investigators. The 15-count indictment charges five former executives, including former president Gary Jackson, with (More)
Iraq expels former Blackwater employees: report
Iraq Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told the Associated Press Wednesday that the Iraqi government has ordered approximately 250 former Blackwater employees to leave Iraq by the end of the week. The Iraqi government was reacting to a US federal (More)