Soldiers win $85m compensation from Iraq war contractor

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Image from a quicklink A jury has ordered an $85m ( £53m) compensation payout by the American military contractor Kellogg Brown and Root -- which helped build Guantánamo Bay and has tendered to run key police services in Britain -- after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war. After a three-week trial the jury deliberated for two days before reaching a decision against KBR, which used to be part of Halliburton corporation. KBR was ordered to pay $6.2m to each of the soldiers in punitive damages and $850,000 in non-economic damages.

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