Blackwater—now known as Xe—has settled a group of civil lawsuits with Iraqis that accused the firm of creating a cowboy culture that led to civilian deaths. The firm will pay $30,000 to injured victims and $100,000 to families of people who died in a number of shooting incidents involving employees of the firm, including the infamous Nisoor Square incident that left 17 dead in 2007.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, two former Blackwater contractors were arrested for killing two Afghans last year, the AP reports. Justin Cannon, 27, and Chris Drotleff, 29, face charges of second-degree murder. The contractors were fired by Blackwater for opening fire on an oncoming vehicle containing the two victims.