Following an incident in Baghdad which led to the deaths of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater agents, Iraq is revoking the operating license of Blackwater, the world’s largest mercenary army. Condi Rice on the other hand is trying to smooth things over to continue their presence in Iraq.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, en route to the Middle East, said Tuesday night that it was too soon to tell what effect the ban will have on U.S. operations in Iraq. Rice said she has expressed regret at the loss of life to the Iraqi prime minister.

“I committed to him that we were as interested as the Iraqi government in having a full investigation into what happened … and to working with the Iraqi government to try and make certain that this sort of thing doesn’t happen,” Rice said.

To learn more about Blackwater read Jeremy Scahill’s book Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army