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Iraq Pulls Blackwater's License After Shooting

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Iraq Pulls Blackwater's License After Shooting

Iraq Pulls Blackwater's License After Shooting

Iraq Pulls Blackwater's License After Shooting

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The Iraqi government announced it has withdrawn Blackwater's license and will prosecute employees with the American security firm involved in a deadly shooting that killed civilians yesterday — the latest in a series of violent incidents involving the company.

However, it is unclear whether the Iraqi government has the authority to expel Blackwater from the country, in part, because of an order passed by the Coalition Provisional Authority granting immunity to contractors operating in Iraq.

Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru, who covers stories on the security industry in Iraq, speaks with Madeleine Brand about Blackwater and the Iraqi government's authority to revoke licenses.