POLITICS
03/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

US Looking For Blackwater Replacement In Iraq

As Iraq moved to force Blackwater Worldwide out of the country, the State Department asked two other American companies how quickly they could take over the company's contract to provide personal security for American diplomats in Baghdad, several American officials said Thursday.

Iraqi government officials announced this week that they had refused to give a license to operate to Blackwater, whose guards were involved in shootings that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead in Baghdad in September 2007.

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