Iraq Wants Blackwater Security Guards Out

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All US diplomats are banned from leaving the Green Zone by land as Iraq's Prime Nouri al-Maliki Minister tells the State Department to fire Blackwater USA security guards. Iraq says ten civilians were killed on Sunday when Blackwater guards fired indiscriminately into a crowd. Blackwater says they shot at "armed enemies." It's the latest in a long series of incidents that have infuriated Iraqis from the streets to the corridors of power. Why is the State Department so dependent on private guards? Has it failed to exercise appropriate oversight?

Credits

Guests:
Leila Fadel - Washington Post - @LeilaFadel, Peter W. Singer - Brookings Institution - @peterwsinger, Doug Brooks - President of the International Peace Operations Association, Robert Young Pelton - President, IraqSlogger.com

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Vanessa Romo, Dan Konecky