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Western mercenaries in Iraq massacre Christian women in their car with impunity -- zero accountability for murder and war crimes



Private security guards [to be precise professional western terrorists wearing balaclavas] accused of [caught red-handed] killing two women in car

Private security firms in Iraq [who treat the country like their own private shoot-em-up computer game with no consequences for murder and destruction] were under fresh scrutiny last night after two women died in a hail of bullets, apparently because their car had got too close to a security convoy travelling through central Baghdad.

The identity of the guards remains unknown but Ali al-Dabbagh, an Iraqi government spokesman said: "Today's incident is part of a series of reckless actions by some security companies."

Later reports suggested guards from an Australian-owned security company based in Dubai, Unity Resources Group, had fired at the women.

An interior ministry spokesman said the company had apologised to the Iraqi government. The shooting occurred near Unity offices in central Baghdad's Karradah district.

Michael Priddin, Unity's chief operating officer, issued a statement saying: "We deeply regret this incident and will continue to pass on further information when the facts have been verified and the necessary people and authorities notified."

The deaths came just hours after Iraq's government demanded that the US security company Blackwater pay a total of $136m (67m) in compensation to the families of civilians killed in a shooting in Baghdad last month. Seventeen people were shot and at least 20 injured when Blackwater guards protecting a US diplomatic convoy opened fire. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government has urged the US to sever its relations with the company within six months.

Police at the scene of the shooting said they had collected 19 shell casings used by Nato forces and by Iraqi security agencies which have recently received new US weapons. In a scene that has become depressingly familiar to Baghdad residents, the women were shot after they drove too close to a convoy of three unmarked four-wheel drives close to the former German embassy.

One witness said the guards in the convoy, who were reported to be masked, had fired a warning shot and a smoke bomb in the direction of the women's car. He said the woman driving appeared to panic and failed to stop. A police spokesman said their car had then been hit with at least 16 bullets. The convoy then sped off leaving behind the blood-stained vehicle. Iraqi police later collected the bodies and towed the car to a local police station.

The women were described as being Christians. Marou Awanis, 48, was named as the driver. Relatives said she had been ferrying government employees to work to raise money to support her daughters. Two children in the back seat escaped unharmed, police said.

An interior ministry spokesman said the government was committed to regulating the private security sector. A senior Iraqi policeman said: "Why is it that when US soldiers commit crimes they go on trial, but when these thugs shoot innocent people they get away with it?"


SOURCE

The Insider, "Private security guards accused of killing two women in car", 10 October 2007.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2187278,00.html


FURTHER READING

The Insider, "US mercenaries in Iraq told to shoot for fun", 3 April 2005.
http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=1087


The Insider, "The truth about Iraq's Bloody Sunday: massacre in Baghdad by US mercenaries", 21 September 2007.
http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=2614

"The Insider" mailing list article, 10 October 2007.

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