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February 27, 2021
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Blackwater Oversight
(wgvu) - Private security firms working in Iraq would
face more U.S. military oversight under a new agreement between the
Pentagon and State Department.
A Defense Department spokesman says a meeting to complete the
agreement is scheduled between Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon
England and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.
The move follows a September shooting that left 17 civilians
dead in Baghdad. Blackwater has said its guards were protecting
diplomats under attack, but Iraqi investigators concluded the
shooting was unprovoked.
The new accord is to include rules for coordinating movement of
civilian security convoys.
Blackwater chairman Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL and native
of Holland, Mich.
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