State Dept. in crisis mode after Blackwater accused in deaths

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The State Department moved quickly to tamp down anger and possible repercussions after the alleged killing of eight Iraqi civilians in an incident involving a private security firm based in North Carolina that was hired to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq. The moves appeared unlikely to forestall a congressional inquiry into not just Sunday's events but the government's increasing reliance on on the use of contractors in Iraq.

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