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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iraq Wants Blackwater to Face Trial

BAGHDAD -- An official Iraqi investigation into a deadly shooting involving Blackwater raised the number of Iraqis killed to 17 and said the gunfire was not warranted and those involved should face trial, the government said.

The final results showed that convoys from the North Carolina-based security company did not come under direct or indirect fire, before the men shot up a key intersection.

"It was not hit even by a stone," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Sunday in a statement.

A U.S.-Iraqi commission also met for the first time on Sunday to review U.S. security operations after the Sept. 16 shootings in which Blackwater guards are accused of opening fire on Iraqi civilians in a main square in Baghdad.

The panel is one of at least three investigations involving Americans. The security company contends its employees came under fire first.