The US security firm being investigated in an Iraqi operation earlier this month that killed at least 11 civilians has been involved in twice as many shootings as other companies providing protection to American officials in Iraq, the New York Times reports. Guards working for Blackwater killed 10 and wounded 15 in six other shootings, which are also being investigated.
Some say Blackwater encourages a quick-draw culture among its employees. “You can find any number of people who will tell you that Blackwater promotes a much more aggressive response than other contractors,” said a senior American official. One Democratic lawmaker called Blackwater guards "cowboy guys" who are alienating Iraqis. "They're repeat offenders, and yet they continue to prosper," she said.