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Blackwater USA Under Investigation

The Iraqi and United States governments are setting up a joint inquiry into the shooting deaths of 11 Iraqis at the hands of Blackwater, USA, a private security company.

The Iraqi government decided not to expel Blackwater from the country because of the potential "security vacuum" that could result, said Reuters as reported in the Washington Post.

According to the New York Times, Blackwater USA is also being investigated for up to seven other offenses involving questionable tactics. Little information has been released regarding what actually happened to cause the company to open fire.

The Reuters article was more up to date than the New York Times article. The New York Times article was written without the knowledge that the Iraqi government would not be ousting Blackwater. The New York Times article also contained a lot more background information.