In a widely expected move, Iraq has refused to allow Blackwater (including the various Blackwater companies that have operated in Iraq since 2003) to continue working in the country.   This reflects the public sentiment in Iraq that blames Blackwater for the deaths of a number of civilians.  Throughout the war, Blackwater, a private security firm that employs mostly retired US military personnel, has been responsible for providing security to US diplomats and other officials.

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