BLACKWATER GUARD FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER IN IRAQ SHOOTING

Bloomberg | October 23, 2014

By Andrew Zajac

A former Blackwater Worldwide guard was convicted of murder and three co-workers of manslaughter in the 2007 shootings of 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad square – – an incident that stained the U.S. record in Iraq and led to new controls on military contractors.

The shooting in Nisour Square, along with the killings by Marines of 24 civilians at Haditha and the abuses of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison were three of the most notorious cases of misconduct by U.S. personnel in the Iraq war and inflamed anti-American sentiment in the region. One of the four guards may face a life sentence while the other three were convicted on multiple charges, some of which carry 30-year terms.

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