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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 24, 2007


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

The Department of State is deeply saddened by the deaths of five employees of Blackwater Security Consulting during attacks on security details in Baghdad on January 23.

These men assisted the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in protecting American diplomats and missions in Iraq. They played an important role in helping our effort to bring a better way of life to the people of Iraq. We honor their courage, commitment, and sacrifice.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

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Released on January 24, 2007

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