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Peace and Security

Blackwater's Iraq contract renewed despite ongoing massacre probe

April 7, 2008 - The U.S. State Department has renewed its Iraq security contract with Blackwater Worldwide despite the FBI's still-unfinished investigation into last year's massacre of civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square by employees of the North Carolina-based mercenary firm. The deal, which was up for renewal on May 7, has been extended for another year.

KBR implicated in another rape in Iraq

April 4, 2008 - The Nation published a story today about another case involving a woman working for Texas-based defense contractor KBR who alleges she was gang-raped in Iraq. Lisa Smith, the pseudonym of a 42-year-old paramedic from Texas, claims she was drugged and then sexually assaulted by a U.S.