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A judge in the United States has triggered anger by rejecting a case against mercenary soldiers employed in Iraq by the company Blackwater. The news follows international criticism of the behaviour of mercenaries in the country.
British foreign secretary David Miliband has been attacked for backing the use of mercenary troops, which the charity War on Want says will increase the risk of human rights abuse.
US private military company Blackwater should face corporate homicide charges for the killings at the weekend of eight Iraqis by its personnel, according to campaigns group War on Want.