BLACK DAY: US President pardons Blackwater war criminals who slaughtered Iraqis

The guards were convicted of killing 17 civilians, including two children, in Baghdad in 2007.

  • The US President has granted a presidential pardon to the guards from the private military firm Blackwater.
  • The guards were convicted of massacring seventeen innocent Iraqi citizens in 2007.

A burnt car at the site where the US company’s guards opened fire on a crowd in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. (Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald J. Trump has granted a full pardon to four security guards from the private military firm Blackwater.

The guards were convicted of killing 17 civilians, including two children, in Baghdad in 2007.


The infamous massacre caused international outrage and sparked a debate over the contractors’ role in warzones.

The four guards were Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard, and Nicholas Slatten.

The murderers (from left) Heard, Liberty, Slatten, and Slough brutally opened fire on a crowd of unarmed Iraqi civilians [AP Photo]
The guards were part of an armored convoy that opened fire indiscriminately with grenade launchers, machine-guns, and a sniper on a crowd of innocent people in a square in Baghdad.

Opinion: - 'No humanity': Trump pardons U.S. war criminals who massacred Iraqis

The Nisour Square massacre was one of the lowest incidents of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Ali Kinani.

Ali Kinani, who preferred to be called Alawi, was nine years old when the Blackwater employees killed him in 2007.

Ali was in the back of his father’s car on the way home after picking up his cousins and aunts, on what had appeared like a typical day until the shooting started.

Determined to bring the murderers to justice, Ali’s father, Mohammed Kinani, moved to the US to follow the Blackwater employees’ prosecution.

It took a decade of legal proceedings, appeals, trials, and re-trials for four of the perpetrators to be convicted.

In 2014, a US federal jury found the guards guilty over the slaughter and sentenced all to lengthy jail terms.

On Tuesday, Trump pardoned all four convicts.


A spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office, Marta Hurtado, expressed deep concern and said pardoning the guards “contributes to impunity and has the effect of emboldening others to commit such crimes in the future.”

Hina Shamsi, an administrator of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) national security project, decried the pardons.

She said in a statement that the shootings caused “devastation in Iraq, shame and horror in the US, and a worldwide scandal.”

“Trump insults the remembrance of the Iraqi victims and further degrades his office with this action.”

Glenn Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, criticized the “grotesque” pardon.

The Arab American Institute (AAI) said the pardons show that Trump does not value the lives of Muslims and Arabs.

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  • How could they say thselves human?? They r never be the representatives of human rights they do politics over dead bodies only!

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