Skip to comments.US Resumes Blackwater Convoys in Iraq
Posted on 09/21/2007 10:34:45 AM PDT by SmithL
BAGHDAD, (AP) -- American convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA resumed on Friday, four days after the U.S. Embassy suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to the alleged killing of civilians by the security firm.
A top aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had earlier conceded it may prove difficult for the Iraqi government to follow through on threats to expel Blackwater and other Western security contractors.
The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into Sunday's incident was ongoing, said a way out of the Blackwater crisis could be the payment of compensation to victims' families and an agreement from all sides on a new set of ground rules for their operations in Iraq.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said the decision to resume land travel outside the heavily fortified Green Zone was made after consultations with the Iraqi governments. She said the convoys will be limited to essential missions.
Nantongo declined to comment on an Interior Ministry report that officials said concluded that Blackwater guards opened fire from four positions on a square in western Baghdad after a vehicle near their convoy failed to stop in the incident on Sunday.
"We're waiting for the results of the investigation, which we are conducting as quickly as we can," she said.
The U.S. ban announced Tuesday had confined most American officials to the Green Zone, a 3 1/2-square-mile area in the center of the city that houses the American Embassy and thousands of U.S. soldiers and contractors.
The decision kept them from visiting U.S.-funded construction sites or Iraqi officials elsewhere in the country except by helicopter an indication of how dependent the State Department is on Blackwater protection.
Blackwater has said its employees acted "lawfully and appropriately"...
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Good.....this was and is very disturbing that this ever became an issue.
Forget it. Or first, how about Iraqis paying compensation to the families of Blackwater guys who have been or will be tortured, burned alive, or dragged to death behind some car? Or to the families of any of our men and women who have been tortured, raped or murdered in cold blood? Any iraqi who approaches any American demanding compensation for anything ought to get a rifle butt in the face. We're giving them democracy and they should be plenty happy with that. Or we can start talking about reparations for all our loses and expenses.
There are many Iranian sleeper agents in the Iraqi government, especially in Maliki’s faction (Note - not saying he’s responsible for this incident) who are in positions where they can make these sorts of bombshell announcements as part of Iran’s propaganda efforts to destabilize Iraq.
As always, as with the Haditha incident, the truth of what happened or what a full investigation shows is less important than the advantages gained from the initial sensational media headlines.
I wonder how NPR will report this? They were ecstatic when they thought BW was going to be booted from Iraq.
Ta Da ~!
“I cannot imagine there would be an official (Iraqi or American) who would want non-American protection.”
Having read Allegra’s views on Blackwater on another thread, I’m less convinced that that would be the case. Something to the effect that she’d rather take a local cab to the airport than a Blackwater convoy iirc.
Cool. I like the comment in #6 above.
Hmmm. Methinks someone had a 'come to Allah' meeting with Maliki, and reminded him just who was protect his and other Iraqi leaders' rear ends right now.
here’s a bulletin...for the dipwad libs across this land....
BLACKWATER IS revered by our warriors in iraq. it is my custom in between flights to comb the airports im in and assemble all military personel i can find there to join me in the airport bar for free drinks
....BELIEVE me, to a man, they all love BLACKWATER....they can go where, for various reasons and accomplish various needful tasks that our regular military forces cannot go and do
.....we need all the help our country can muster to defeat terror.....
why then do u reckon the libs are working for alquada and bad mouthing this fine force?
you mean rush is right...libs are a mentally derranged.....as is evidenced by anybody who actively supports his own enemy? what kind of a death wish dipwad does that?
are they are ...simply sad masses of grabastic protoplasm to quote FULL METAL JACKET’S sgt hartman?....
by god i think we have stumbled upon the ans. here.
They knew from the start that Blackwater wasn’t going anywhere and the firefight was justified. The innocents were not so innocent.
Its not that they love evil, its that they hate whats right.
They can all kiss my fat white American a ss. Who's paying for compensation to victims' families of American lives that were lost over there: