The Iraq Interior Ministry banned Blackwater from operating in Iraq after actions from Blackwater on Sunday resulted in the deaths of 8 civilians. 14 civilians were wounded. Iraq has also stated it plans to prosecute those involved. (story here)
Blackwater has recently brought airfields throughout the United States and has purchased planes that will be outfitted for and armed for military use. In California, Americans are already protesting a Blackwater airfield there. (source1, source 2)
Note: Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, is coming to Norfolk for the Naro Cinema's Green Screen Film Festival (Wed. Sept 26, 7:15 pm). He will be using film and photographs to illustrate his Blackwater discussion. Questions from the audience will also take place. If you are curious about Blackwater and why many Americans are alarmed by this company you should plan on attending.