Blackwater Guards Surrender

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards indicted for a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting have surrendered.

The men face manslaughter and other charges in Washington but they surrendered Monday morning at a federal courthouse in Utah. The Justice Department is preparing to make the charges public later Monday.

Seventeen Iraqis were killed in the September 2007 shooting. Witnesses said the heavily armed U.S. contractors opened fire unprovoked, killing innocent motorists and children at a crowded intersection.

Blackwater, the largest security contractor in Iraq, says its guards were ambushed by insurgents.

The guards want to move the case to Salt Lake City, where they would find a more conservative jury pool and one more likely to support the Iraq war.

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