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American Contractors Kill 17 Iraqis in 2007

The private security company Blackwater was stationed in Iraq in 2007 along with other private security companies. However, as the New York Times reports Blackwater had a reputation for being excessively aggressive cowboys with poor training. War is complicated and messy and civilians are too often casualties. Private security firms are not branches of the U.S. military. Below is a video and a New York Times report of how easily civilians can be killed in a war zone.  As of 2017 Blackwater now operates under the name Academi. The founder of Blackwater is Erik Prince who’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as Secretary of Education under Trump.

New York Times article Iraqi Report Says Blackwater Guards Fired First – The New York Times


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Lauren von Bernuth

Lauren is one of the co-founders of Citizen Truth. She graduated with a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. She spent the following years backpacking around the world and starting a green business in the health and wellness industry. She found her way back to politics and discovered a passion for journalism dedicated to finding the truth.

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