US says 'more robust' rules after Blackwater shooting

An armoured vehicle belonging to an unidentified private security company escorts a truck (unseen) near Iskandaria, south of Baghdad, Iraq, September 20, 2007The US State Department offered assurances Tuesday that it had strengthened the rules governing private security firms in the wake of a 2007 shooting in Iraq in which 14 people died. The four ex-employees of the US private security firm had been convicted on an array of charges ranging from first degree murder to voluntary manslaughter stemming from the incident in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. “We respect the court’s decision in this case and have no comment regarding the findings of the decisions here,” acting State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

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