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US Resumes Blackwater Convoys in Iraq
AP via SFGate ^ | 9/21/7 | KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer

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"...

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: almaliki; blackwater; civiliancontractors; iraq; usembassy

1 posted on 09/21/2007 10:34:48 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Great!


2 posted on 09/21/2007 10:37:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: SmithL

Good.....this was and is very disturbing that this ever became an issue.


3 posted on 09/21/2007 10:37:43 AM PDT by PEACE ENFORCER (One Needs to Have the Capability of Using Deadly Force at Any Moment.....:))
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To: SmithL
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.

Duh!
4 posted on 09/21/2007 11:12:38 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: SmithL
Dusty Harry and meatball eyes Pelosi are greatly saddened...and concerned.
5 posted on 09/21/2007 11:15:21 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: SmithL
...a way out of the Blackwater crisis could be the payment of compensation to victims' families...

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.

6 posted on 09/21/2007 12:09:03 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Eagles Talon IV
Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbed.
7 posted on 09/21/2007 12:13:53 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

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.


8 posted on 09/21/2007 12:20:21 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: SmithL

I wonder how NPR will report this? They were ecstatic when they thought BW was going to be booted from Iraq.


9 posted on 09/21/2007 2:11:11 PM PDT by csvset
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To: FreedomPoster; archy

Ta Da ~!


10 posted on 09/21/2007 2:13:04 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: SmithL
I cannot imagine there would be an official (Iraqi or American) who would want non-American protection.
11 posted on 09/21/2007 2:16:07 PM PDT by ryan71 (I refuse to label anything I post, "sarcasm".)
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To: ryan71

“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.


12 posted on 09/21/2007 5:11:39 PM PDT by UKTory
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To: Squantos; SLB

Cool. I like the comment in #6 above.


13 posted on 09/21/2007 5:45:54 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: SmithL
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.

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.

14 posted on 09/22/2007 9:22:07 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SmithL

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?

anybody?


15 posted on 09/22/2007 1:17:53 PM PDT by flat
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To: flat
Because the libs, whether they know it or not, are in league with evil.
16 posted on 09/22/2007 1:20:11 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

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.

eureka..


17 posted on 09/22/2007 1:30:44 PM PDT by flat
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To: SmithL

They knew from the start that Blackwater wasn’t going anywhere and the firefight was justified. The innocents were not so innocent.


18 posted on 09/22/2007 1:32:57 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: flat

Its not that they love evil, its that they hate whats right.


19 posted on 09/22/2007 1:45:39 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SmithL; All
"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."

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:

SAVAGES!

20 posted on 09/22/2007 3:27:50 PM PDT by peterpaul12345
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