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How did the Blackwater shootings happen?

It was September 16, 2007. A Blackwater personal security detail was clearing the way for a convoy of State Department diplomats. The shootings supposedly started after the driver of a car kept driving toward the convoy ignoring orders to stop. When the shooting was over, 14 Iraqis were dead and 18 were wounded. A trial is underway in Washington for Blackwater security guards involved in the shooting.

Tags: Blackwater , State Department , shootings

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 10:29am EDT

Blackwater guards facing trial

After long delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are going to trial for the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others that fueled anti-American sentiment around the world. Associated Press reporter Pete Yost writes, "whether the shootings were self-defense or an unprovoked attack, the carnage of Sept. 16, 2007, was seen by critics of the George W. Bush administration as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong."

Tags: Blackwater Worldwide , Pete Yost , Bush Administration ,

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:57am EDT

IG: Billions wasted on Iraq reconstruction

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen's conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

Tags: Stuart Bowen , inspector general , Congress , contracting , DoD , SIGAR , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 10:34am EST
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DoD contractor pays Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib, other sites $5M

Engility Holdings Inc. of Chantilly, whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, has paid $5.28 million to former prisoners held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites in Iraq during the war.

Tags: DoD , Abu Ghraib , Engility Holdings Inc. , CACI , L-3 Services , industry

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 02:49am EST

Army major pleads guilty to accepting gratuities

A U.S. Army major has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in gratuities from contractors while in Iraq.

Tags: Ulysses Hicks , DoD , Army

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 03:26pm EST

US sues contractors over troop trailers in Iraq

The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing a Houston-based global construction company and its Kuwaiti subcontractor of submitting nearly $50 million in inflated claims to install live-in trailers for troops during the Iraq War.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , KBR , DoD

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 04:11pm EST

Feds: Defense firm put untrained guards in Iraq

The federal government has joined a whistleblower's lawsuit against a major defense contractor in Iraq.

Tags: DoD , Triple Canopy , whistleblower ,

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 01:52pm EDT

Alcatel-Lucent agrees to pay $4.2M to settle fraud claims

Federal prosecutors said the company submitted misleading test certificates concerning the design and construction of a 911 emergency response system in Iraq.

Tags: Alcatel-Lucent , DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Justice Department , fraud , industry

Monday - 09/24/2012, 09:00am EDT

Iraq receives 9 Mi-A1 Abrams tanks

This completes an order of 140 tanks from the U.S. The pricetag for the deal was $860 million, with the U.S. picking up $60 million.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Abrams tanks

Friday - 08/31/2012, 08:43am EDT
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