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Blackwater Mercenary Group

By Rocco Farrell, Jorge Pizarro, and Hannah Andrew
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Rocco Farrell

on 23 March 2010

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Blackwater Mercenary Group Who is paying? What do they do? What is Blackwater? What rules do they follow? Hannah Andrew Jorge Pizarro Rocco Farrell Mercenary group created in 1997 by two ex-Navy SEALs Now known as Xe services to refresh their reputation Train in forest of North Carolina (offer some courses) About 40,000 agents a year Mostly retired members of the USAF Hired in 2004 by the CIA to
locate and assassinate
top operatives of Al Qaeda 2003- Began as escorts to high
ranking US and Iraqi officials
at the Iraqi embassy Average pay = $600
($100 more than Petraeus) Sept. 16 2007- Shot and killed 17 Iraqis, 14 of which were unjustified Sources: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/blackwater_usa/index.html http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=38379 Erik Prince used part of
inherited fortune to fund
Blackwater (named after swamp) For the most part, the US gov.
Well over $1 billion dollars in contracts since their first in 2002 Around 40,000 operatives
at their peak in Iraq (2004) 23 million dollar contract
(their first) March 2004 - Fallujah http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/world/middleeast/14blackwater.html Lost contract and faced heavy legal consequences http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070402/scahill_vid Boast the largest and possibly most advanced training facility in world Very little until 2007 shootings Answered to CIA and US Gov. Iraqi Prime Minister - called for
$8 million dollars in compensation What are they doing now? Still fighting legal battles
in wake of shootings Training facility still open 5 year, 1 billion
dollar contract
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