WASHINGTON — The FBI has concluded that the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians by Blackwater security contractors in Baghdad on Sept. 16 was unjustified under State Department rules for the private guards, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The shooting deaths of three other civilians in the same incident may have been within guidelines for the use of deadly force, officials said.
The FBI's conclusions were also reported by The New York Times.
FBI investigators who spent two weeks in Baghdad last month have briefed prosecutors on their findings, but a formal "prosecutive memo" laying out the key elements of the case has not been sent to the Justice Department yet.
Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said Wednesday that the company will support holding any of its employees accountable "if official findings conclude that someone was complicit in wrongdoing."
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