Select Canadian soldiers have been sent to Blackwater USA in North Carolina for specialized education in guarding and marksmanship skills. Other soldiers have taken counter-terrorism evasive-driving courses with the private military company now at the center of an inquiry into the killings of Iraqi civilians and mounting concerns about the competitive tactics of its workers in the area.
Critics of Blackwater tag the firm as a mercenary organisation and interrogate why a professional military such as the Canadian Forces can't make its own education in specialized areas. But Canadian officials tell the party was selected because it is a leader in its speciality areas, which drift from weapons training to executive security.
But Canadian military officials mentioned Blackwater was selected because it is a leader in its speciality areas, which drift from weapons training to executive security.
Blackwater boasts on its website that its instructors are "ranked the better in the world."
But Blackwater has establish itself under fierce examination since a Sept 2007 incident in Baghdad in which 11 people, including a pair and their baby, were killed during a firefight. Iraqi officials place the blame for the killings on the Blackwater soldiers, but the party has denied its men fired on innocent civilians, saying instead that its convoy had been attacked by insurgents.