Iraq: Blackwater massacre survivors recount their experience

Survivors of a mass killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians, in 2007, by Blackwater security guards, recounted the haunting memories of the massacre in Baghdad, Tuesday. «When I got to this place, there was absolute horror as if the war has started. Cars were burning, bullets and blood were everywhere», said Hussein Sahib Nasir, who lost his brother in the massacre. Another survivor of the massacre... Еще, Jassim Mohammad Hashim noted that due to the injury he sustained, he lost a lot of his capacity to work as «this wound has caused me unbearable pain.» One of the witnesses of the massacre remembered that Blackwater militants «opened fire on people indiscriminately, for no reason. Some of us survived, thank God, and escaped with injuries, but people were also killed.» Fourteen people were killed in the shootings which left a lot of civilians injured. In 2008, five Blackwater security guards were charged with 14 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter as well as a weapons violation. However, one year later a US District Court judge dismissed the charges of manslaughter, as the case against the defendants had been developed on information that had been received in exchange for immunity for other charges. On August 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sent three defendants for retrial.

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