US State Dept. hires Blackwater-linked firm for security in West Bank

[ 11/01/2011 – 11:02 AM ]

 

WASHINGTON, (PIC)– The US State Department signed an 84 million dollar a year contract with a company tightly affiliated with the infamous Blackwater security firm to provide security services in the West Bank over the next five years, the Washington Post said Monday.

Blackwater was previously hired by the US for security in Iraq and Afghanistan and linked to several atrocities there and later changed its name to Xe Services. The new firm still employs Blackwater agents.

The group will provide protective security in the Israel-occupied West Bank, for services extended by the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, the Post quoted State Department spokesman Mark Toner as saying.

The contract, signed on Jan. 3, is for one year with the option of renewal over the next four years, Toner said.

Blackwater had been fined 42 million dollars by the US for exporting illegal arms to Afghanistan, offering to train forces in southern Sudan without authority, and training Taiwan police officers to sharp shoot.

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US State Dept. hires Blackwater-linked firm for security in West Bank.

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