Trump’s pardon of Blackwater ‘Four’ highlights deep divisions over Iraq War

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from The Washington Post,

President Trump’s pardon of the Blackwater Four on Tuesday reopened many of those disputes. The men, all military veterans working in Iraq for the private security contractor Blackwater, were convicted of massacring 14 civilians in an unprovoked and unjustified rampage of gunfire and grenades that day in Baghdad.

Among the dead were a medical student and his mother. One man was shot in the chest while he raised his arms in the air, U.S. federal prosecutors said. Another was wounded when a contractor’s grenade detonated in a nearby girls school, and “many were shot inside of civilian vehicles while attempting to flee.”

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