The end of Blackwater in Iraq?

Just saw this headline:

“Iraq pulls license of U.S. security firm involved in civilian deaths”

I almost didn’t even click on it as I wasn’t aware of the story and thought maybe it was just some small securitiy firm.  But, this is Blackwater…the most well known security firm in Iraq.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead.

Sunday’s firefight took place near Nusoor Square, an area that straddles the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Mansour and Yarmouk.

In addition to the fatalities, 14 people were wounded, most of them civilians, the official said.

They also have at least 800 million in government contracts…what happens to those if they can’t work in Iraq?  The state department isn’t commenting at this time because they are surely trying to get the Iraqi Government to reconsider this.  Should be an interesting power struggle to watch.  And who fills that security vacum if they are indeed shut out of Iraq?

From a journalistic view, why isn’t Blackwater mentioned in the headline or the opening paragraph of this AP story?  The writer doesn’t mention them until the 3rd paragraph…very strange as I think many people would recognize that company and be more interested in the article.  So why not sell that teaser to your readers?  CNN does it right on their site.


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