American convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA resumed four days after the U.S. Embassy suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to the alleged killing of civilians by the security firm.
Due to the need for more troops in Iraq, Blackwater mercenaries who were not properly trained and who were unfamiliar with the country were sent to Iraq to protect diplomats and civilian workers.
After a convoy of U.S. diplomats was ambushed in Baghdad, Blackwater mercenaries 'allegedly' recklessly opened fire, killing a number of Iraqi civilians.
After this scandal, Iraqi officials decided to prohibit Blackwater from conducting activities in the country and called for the mercenaries to be tried in Iraq.
But sources say Blackwater mercenaries in Iraq were not responding to "militants" when they killed Iraqi motorists a few days ago. "A preliminary Iraqi report on a shooting involving an American diplomatic motorcade said Tuesday that Blackwater security guards were not ambushed, as the company reported, but instead fired at a car when it did not heed a policeman's call to stop, killing a couple and their infant," reports the New York Times. "The report, by the Ministry of Interior, was presented to the Iraqi cabinet and, though unverified, seemed to contradict an account offered by Blackwater USA that the guards were responding to gunfire by militants. The report said Blackwater helicopters had also fired.
The Ministry of Defense said 20 Iraqis had been killed, a far higher number than had been reported before."
But just like in the Haditha and Abu Ghraib scandals, it seems that there will be no trials in Iraq and the security company has resumed its activities in the war-torn country.
And now Blackwater has been accused of gunrunning in Iraq.
A company source acknowledged that two Blackwater employees were fired for buying guns with Blackwater money and selling them without the consent or knowledge of the company, but did not say where the arms were bought and sold.
The U.S. attorney's office in Raleigh, North Carolina is currently investigating individual Blackwater employees -- not the company -- for illegal weapons deals.
Washington is hypocritically accusing other countries and groups of involvement in terrorist activities in Iraq while U.S.-based private security companies are conducting dubious activities in the middle of a war.
The U.S. has created a stir by accusing Iran of smuggling weapons to Iraq without providing any proof.
However, there is evidence that the United States is smuggling weapons to Iraq, which means that U.S. troops are being killed by U.S. weapons.
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