New Details Emerge on Blackwater Shooting

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sent a fact-finding team to Iraq to look into deadly incidents involving Blackwater security guards. It's being reported in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post that the State Department and Iraqi government already are focusing on five separate incidents, including a diplomatic convoy during which one guard reportedly drew a weapon on colleagues and screamed at them to "stop shooting," presumably at civilians. The Brookings Institution's Peter Singer is author of a new study on private contractors, "Can't Win with 'Em, Can't Go to War without 'Em: Private Military Contractors and Counterinsurgency."




Warren Olney