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Iraq Bans Contractor
The Iraqi government announced that it revoked the license of Blackwater USA after the American security company was involved in a shootout in Baghdad that killed at least nine people. The incident highlighted the murky legal space that private foreign security contractors occupy in Iraq.
(Blackwater contractors secure site of a roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad. -- AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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