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U.S. jury convicts four Blackwater guards in 2007 Iraq killings

U.S. jury convicts four Blackwater guards in 2007 Iraq killings

For 10 weeks this summer in a downtown Washington courtroom, the trial of four former Blackwater security guards unfolded as a morality play about American accountability to Iraqi civilians in the aftermath of the United States’ long military occupation.

Prosecutors flew in dozens of Iraqi witnesses — the most foreigners ever to assist in a Justice Department prosecution — to testify about scenes of graphic violence when a Blackwater convoy in Baghdad opened fire with automatic weapons, sniper rifles and grenade launchers into a crowded public square in 2007.

The father of a 9-year-old boy testified that he watched his son’s brains spill out at his...

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