Jury Convicts Blackwater Guards in 2007 Iraq Deaths

“Seven years after American security contractors killed 14 unarmed Iraqis by firing machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle, a jury in Washington on Wednesday convicted all four Blackwater Worldwide guards charged in the incident on at least some of the charges,” Spencer Hsu reports for The Washington Post. The guards claimed they acted in self-defense, though none of the Iraqis killed or wounded in the shooting were insurgents. The verdicts were a marked victory for prosecutors and the Iraqi people, for whom Blackwater has come to represent unaccountable U.S. power.

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