Apr 14

Ex-guards sentenced for Iraq shootings plan appeal

WASHINGTON — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.

Zeena Rahman is a 30-year-old law associate who left Baghdad in 2003 and now lives in Virginia. 2014 was a turbulent year for Iraq. Already ravaged by decades of war, sectarian violence, and corruption, the country also endured…