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Former Blackwater guards found guilty in Baghdad massacre

A federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater security guards guilty in a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad. The jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, and found three others — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard — guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

In September 2007, the security contractors opened fire in a crowded Baghdad square, killing 14 civilians. The incident sparked an international uproar over the role of private contractors in wartime and how they should be held accountable.