Nine-year-old Ali Kinani became Blackwater's youngest victim in
September 2007 when Blackwater mercenaries at Baghdad's Nissour
Square opened fire on unarmed civilians, killing 17. Ali Kinani's
family are the only victims to turn down Blackwater's settlement
offer, reportedly $100,000 per victim, and they have sued Blackwater. The
Nation's Jeremy Scahill
tells their story in a detailed article, which he and
filmmaker Richard Rowley have adapted
into a short documentary:
struggles of the Kinanis, who hate Blackwater but retain surprisingly
sunny faith in the American legal system, bring a human chapter
to the long book of charges against Blackwater. The shadowy private security company has drawn fire for its closeness to the CIA, its secret operations in Pakistan, and its alleged bribes
to Iraqi officials. Could the tragedy of the Kinanis' loss,
or perhaps their lawsuit in North Carolina, push Blackwater past the
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