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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 13, 2005


Deaths of U.S. Department of State Contractors in Iraq

The Department of State is deeply saddened by the deaths of two employees of Blackwater Security Consulting during a roadside attack in Baghdad on March 12. Another Blackwater employee was injured.

These men were assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Iraq to protect American diplomats. They played a vital role in our mission to bring democracy, and opportunity to the people of Iraq. We will always remember their courage, dedication, and ultimate sacrifice for their country in the name of freedom.

We mourn the loss of these brave men and extend our deepest sympathies to their families.

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Released on March 13, 2005

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