"I don't think (the) Iraqi government is willing to have any Blackwater member, even if they are working in other companies, we don't like to see them here working in any company," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told CNN Sunday. "Instructions have been given to check if there is any Blackwater member (in Iraq). I advise him to leave Iraq and not to stay in Iraq anymore."
Officials are reviewing records in Iraq's Ministry of Interior concerning Blackwater -- now known as Xe -- the company's subsidiaries or Blackwater members working with other companies, al-Dabbagh said.
Iraq said Friday it plans to sue five Blackwater security guards cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians. Al-Dabbagh said the Iraqi government will ask the U.S. Justice Department to appeal the dismissal of the charges Thursday.
Al-Dabbagh said he told the U.S. Embassy of Iraq's actions.
"I don't think we need to consult any others," he told CNN. "It is an Iraqi prevailing law and we have to practice that law in our country."
The Sept. 16, 2007, shootings in Baghdad, which left dozens injured, prompted Iraq's government to impose limits on private security personnel hired by Blackwater and other contractors. Blackwater employees were guarding a State Department convoy in western Baghdad when the shooting began. The company said its workers came under attack, but Iraqi officials said the gunfire was unprovoked.
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