Iraq expels 250 ex-Blackwater staff

The Iraqi interior minister has said he expelled 250 former employees of the US security firm Blackwater, whose guards were charged with killing unarmed civilians in Baghdad.

Blackwater Worldwide changed its name to Xe Services in February 2009, following what the company said was a switch of business focus.

However, critics suggested that the rebranding was an effort to polish an image tarnished by an alleged culture of lawlessness and lack of accountability among Blackwater staff.

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