OUTRAGE TRAILS TRUMP BLACKWATER PARDONS

Written by on December 24, 2020

MEANWHILE US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S ISSUANCE OF PARDONS FOR SECURITY GUARDS CONVICTED OF KILLING AT LEAST 14 IRAQI CIVILIANS IN A 2007 BAGHDAD MASSACRE HAS CAUSED INTERNATIONAL UPROAR, INCLUDING IN IRAQ WHERE PEOPLE EXPRESSED OUTRAGE AND SADNESS.

TRUMP ISSUED PARDONS FOR THE FOUR BLACKWATER SECURITY CONTRACTORS WHO WERE CONVICTED OF MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER SIX YEARS AGO.

THEY WERE A PART OF AN ARMOURED CONVOY OF VEHICLES ESCORTING UNITED STATES EMBASSY OFFICIALS THAT OPENED FIRE AT A CROWD OF UNARMED IRAQI CIVILIANS IN AN INCIDENT THAT CAME TO BE KNOWN AS THE NISOUR SQUARE MASSACRE.

THE DEADLY SEPTEMBER 2007 SHOOTING MARKED ONE OF THE LOWEST POINTS OF THE US-LED INVASION OF IRAQ, AND CAME JUST YEARS AFTER THE ABU GHRAIB TORTURE SCANDAL.

 IRAQ’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAID THE MOVE DID NOT “TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CRIME COMMITTED”, AND URGED THE US TO REVIEW ITS DECISION.


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