Blackwater's Days in Iraq Might be Numbered

In a statement, Senators John Kerry (D-MA), incoming Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Casey (D-PA) urged the State Department to drop Blackwater as a private security contractor citing the Inspector General report that "raised the concern that the Iraqi government may remove Blackwater's license to operate inside Iraq."

Ultimately the decision to renew the contract will be left to the Obama administration, but it may not matter anyway as the SOFA requirement requiring only licensed security contractors in Iraq will effectively mean that unless the Iraqi government grants a waiver, Blackwater will be prevented from operating in Iraq beginning Jan. 1.

Officials from all three companies met with State Department officials last month to discuss how their operations would be affected by the new SOFA agreement. At the meeting, Blackwater Worldwide was told it would not be able to continue to operate without a license. There was a discussion of the State Department possibly asking the Iraqi government to give Blackwater a waiver on the license, but it was unclear if the Iraqis would go along with such a request. Calls to Triple Canopy were returned, but all questions about the meeting were referred to the State Department.

Monitoring of Blackwater Staff Increases

Shortly after the shooting, the State Department followed interim recommendations made by the review panel that increased the monitoring of Blackwater employees, which led to the installation of video cameras in their vehicles and the assigning of Diplomatic Security agents in every security convoy escorted by company guards.

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