US guards jailed for Iraq shootings

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Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Four former US security guards have been jailed for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.

The carnage in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone.

US district judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Nicholas Slatten, who witnesses said was the first to fire shots in the incident, to life on a charge of first-degree murder.

The three other guards – Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard – were each sentenced to 30 years and one day in prison for charges that included manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015 by The News Editor

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