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Iraqi Officials: Blackwater Shootings Deliberate

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Iraqi Officials: Blackwater Shootings Deliberate

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Iraqi Officials: Blackwater Shootings Deliberate

Iraqi Officials: Blackwater Shootings Deliberate

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The Iraqi prime minister's office over the weekend said an initial investigation concludes that Blackwater USA contractors "deliberately killed" 17 civilians, although U.S. and Iraqi officials are reportedly working on a joint investigation into the Sept. 16 shooting.

The Iraqi government is demanding that Blackwater pay $8 million in compensation to families of the slain civilians.

Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the government of Iraq, talks with Michele Norris.