Iraq Considers Expelling Security Firms

Blackwater incident sparks outrage at Western contractors
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2007 11:15 AM CDT
Blackwater CEO and founder Erik Prince listens during a panel discussion on protecting people and physical security hosted by North Carolina Technology Association in Cary, N.C., Thursday, June 7, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Private security firms have never been popular in Iraq, but after Blackwater USA’s fatal shooting of civilians Sunday, national rage may be strong enough to drive them from the country. The Iraqi government announced today that it would review the status of all private security companies, and explore rescinding a law exempting them from Iraqi prosecution, the AP reports.

That law was passed before Iraq regained sovereignty in 2004. Iraq yesterday barred Blackwater from operating in the country, and is considering bringing charges against the shooters. Blackwater denies wrongdoing, and the US is hoping to keep the company in Iraq. Muqtada al-Sadr today issued a statement calling for the annulment of all foreign security contracts.