June 19th, 2010
01:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Firm tied to Blackwater gets Afghan contract

Washington (CNN) - A firm affiliated with the former Blackwater security company has been awarded a contract to provide protection to U.S. consulates and diplomats in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e Sharif, a U.S. State Department official confirmed on Saturday.

The official said U.S. Training Center got the contract on Friday. It is part of Xe, the new name of Blackwater Worldwide.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Blackwater • State Department
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. thor

    I don't how you can blame Bush for this but i guess you'll try.

    June 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. mother and sister of soldiers

    Please explain why Blackwater is the media target and yet....we never hear of government contracts with Triple Canopy????

    June 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. independent

    Get the US out of the mercenary business.

    June 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. The Big J

    Why? Haven't these people caused enough trouble?

    June 19, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Blackwater, or Z, or what ever they want to be called are social parasites who prey on weak governments to use deadly force at will while conducting brutal evil throughout the world (many times funded by US tax dollars) who see Blackwater/Z as a representation of Americans.

    June 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. jeff jackson, alabama

    CNN, what would you be saying about this if
    Bush was still in the Whitehouse ?

    June 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. pierce

    ooops. More indiscriminate killings by this terrorist . . . i mean, contractor, group.

    Imagine, we are invaded and the enemy brings in its black-suited operatives who can kill at will.

    Kill anybody and get away with it.

    That is not America. And we wonder why people look upon the U.S. and Israel as bully, savage countries.

    June 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Gil

    Yes, corporate America needs to profit the most it can from these illegal wars and somehow it is always the same companies. I think they must be owned by republicans?

    June 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    it never changes, does it.....

    June 19, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Paul from Phoenix

    So the evil Blackwater, which was a huge black eye and a symbol of the Iraq war being done just for Bush's cowboy ways, is now getting a $120 million dollar contract from the Obama administration. I can't WAIT to see the liberal response on this.


    June 19, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Ultimate Heretic

    New boss, same as the old boss.

    June 19, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Come on I know your busy but how did you let that one get by? Hey Mr. Prez. nows your chance to prove again you are better than Bush.

    Admit your mistake and learn from it.

    June 19, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Dean

    I wonder how many of you are going to mention Cheney or Bush in your responses.

    June 19, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. La Piovra

    Looks like Blackwater made somebody an offer they couldn't refuse

    June 19, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. p

    Who said that the crap stopped with the past administration. It is moving through (sad to say) the current adminstration as well. time to move to another place.

    June 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |