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Blackwater withdraws from Iraq

May 8, 2009

Blackwater Company, which has protected American diplomats and other overseas officials in Baghdad since the start of the war in 2003 is forced to withdraw from Iraq. The US security group ends duty at the request of the Iraqi government. Most of Blackwater revenues during the last years were assured by the Baghdad governmental protection contracts. Well known as the private army or the shadow army, the company was involved in several hundred incidents in the capital of Iraq, ended with killing or wounding of many civilians. Blackwater was also suspected of illegal arms trafficking and heard by the U.S. Congress. Baghdad administration has asked the U.S. repeatedly to give up its services.
At the end of his term at the White House, U.S. leader George W. Bush has approved the legal framework that allows Blackwater to keep a place among the private security firms. The company will benefit from an important governmental contract to combat sea piracy by means of a private fleet.

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