US, Iraq Negotiate Blackwater Expulsion

U.S. and Iraqi officials are negotiating Baghdad's demand that security company Blackwater USA be expelled from the country within six months.

The talks about Blackwater's future in Iraq flow from the Sept. 16 incident. The Iraqi investigators issued [this of 5] recommendations:

“The Iraqi government should demand that the United States stops using the services of Blackwater in Iraq within six months and replace it with a new, more disciplined organization that would be answerable to Iraqi laws.''

American officials said DynCorp, which already has security contracts with the State Department … appeared poised to take over the Blackwater role. … Dyncorp and Triple Canopy are the only [other two] companies eligible to bid on specific task orders [in Baghdad, with] both based in Washington's northern Virginia suburbs.

[The Guardian]

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