The security contractor was ordered by the Interior Ministry of Iraq to leave the war-torn nation following reports that it used excessive force in a battle in Baghdad that took the lives of at least eight civilians. However, the private defense firm's close ties to the United States government and various legal complexities may prove to be obstacles for those who want Blackwater gone.
A Post reporter on the scene in Mansour witnessed Blackwater's Little Bird helicopters "firing into the streets."
Unlike other private U.S. security firms in Iraq, as of May, Blackwater hadn't registered with the Iraqi government to operate in Iraq. The Coalition Provisional Authority -- the now-defunct occupational government -- issued a decree in 2004 (pdf) immunizing security contractors from Iraqi prosecution and placing their operations under the jurisdiction of U.S. authorities.
Blackwater — which basically operates a large, private militia payed for by the US — has a history of poor conduct. And since it cannot be held to Iraqi law, its workers have gotten away with a lot. In addition, the secretive and controversial firm has been accused of vastly overcharging the US for its services. Like other corporate giants with suspected ties to the Bush administration, Blackwater has been hired through many no-bid contracts.