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CNN Documentary on Blackwater Killings - September 19th, 2007

 

Background

 

“It started out as a family errand: Ahmed Haithem Ahmed was driving his mother, Mohassin, to pick up his father from the hospital where he worked as a pathologist. As they approached Nisour Square at midday on Sept. 16, they did not know that a bomb had gone off nearby or that a convoy of four armored vehicles carrying Blackwater guards armed with automatic rifles was approaching. Moments later a bullet tore through Mr. Ahmed’s head, he slumped, and the car rolled forward. Then Blackwater guards responded with a barrage of gunfire and explosive weapons, leaving 17 dead and 24 wounded [… ]”

 

Excerpt of a New York Times article from October 3rd, 2007.

Aftermath of the killings: destroyed car

 

The Video

 

 

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The Blackwater CEO and the victims

Eric Prince

Survivor Hassan Jabir recovers in hospital

H. & M. Ahmed lost mother and brother

Video & Photo Credits

 

The Video

 

1) The video is a short documentary on the Blackwater killings, which was produced by CNN and was aired on September 19th, 2007.

 

Background

 

1) An Iraqi police officer inspects a car destroyed in Nisour Square in Baghdad in a shooting involving Blackwater security guards. - September 2007 - Khalid Mohammed/Associated Press;

 

The executive and the victims

 

1) Blackwater USA Chief Executive Erik Prince - September 2007 - Sarah Davis/Associated Press;

2) A man who was wounded in a shooting attack by the security guards of Blackwater firm is helped by his relatives in a hospital in Baghdad. - September 20th, 2007 - Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters;

3) Haider and Mariam Ahmed lost their mother and older brother in the shooting involving guards for Blackwater USA. - October 2nd, 2007 - Johan Spanner/New York Times;

 

Summary of the Blackwater Killings

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