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IRAQ-BLACKWATER
(2007-10-15)
(wgvu) -
BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. AND IRAQI OFFICIALS ARE NEGOTIATING
BAGHDAD'S DEMAND THAT BLACKWATER USA BE EXPELLED FROM THE COUNTRY
WITHIN SIX MONTHS.
AMERICAN DIPLOMATS APPEAR TO BE WORKING ON HOW TO FILL THE
SECURITY GAP IF THE PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY -- AND A MAJOR DEFENSE
CONTRACTOR -- IS PHASED OUT.
COMPANY FOUNDER ERIK PRINCE IS A FORMER NAVY SEAL AND A NATIVE
OF HOLLAND, MICHIGAN.
HIS SISTER BETSY DEVOS FORMERLY CHAIRED THE MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN
PARTY. SHE'S MARRIED TO DICK DEVOS, AN HEIR TO THE AMWAY FORTUNE
WHO LOST THE 2006 GOVERNOR'S RACE TO JENNIFER GRANHOLM.
THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT SAYS BLACKWATER GUARDS FIRED WITHOUT
PROVOCATION ON A CROWD IN BAGHDAD, KILLING 17 PEOPLE. THE FBI IS
INVESTIGATING THAT INCIDENT.

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