State Department upholds Blackwater ‘license to kill’…

The US State Department refuses to waive the right for private security contractor Xe Services LLC, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, to carry arms in Iraq.

The company, notorious for its treating the license as an excuse for trigger-ready atrocities, is accordingly to remain armed in the country until September, The Nation said on Friday.

“Authorized personnel under that task order are permitted to continue carrying weapons until that time,” the weekly quoted a diplomatic security official with the state department as saying.

On September 23, the Iraqis will commemorate the second anniversary of the 2007 carnage of 17 of their countrymen in Baghdad’s Nisour Square at the hands of Blackwater men.
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