The actions, by lawless merc for profit corporate private army, of Blackwater and the other's got American and Coaltion troops killed and maimed in the blowback from, adding to the rise and spread of the al Qaeda style criminal extremist terrorism now in the form of ISIL and others!!
October 22, 2014 - A federal jury returned guilty verdicts for all four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.
The jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other three guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - guilty of at least three counts of voluntary manslaughter.
CBS News' Paula Reid reports that the verdict sheet asked the jury -- comprised of 8 women and 4 men -- to make more than 100 separate findings pertaining to 33 counts against the four defendants.
But the jury had reached verdicts on only part of the charges after weeks of deliberations. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth allowed the jury to announce the verdicts agreed upon, with the expectation jurors would continue deliberating on the other counts.
The shootings on Sept. 16, 2007, caused an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in urban warfare. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014