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Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

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Blackwater IraqA former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and led to the shootings of 30 other Iraqis.

In a calm voice, Jeremy Ridgeway told a jury that what started as "just another day at the office" in Baghdad suddenly erupted in fire from automatic weapons aimed at a car moving toward the heavily armored convoy of Blackwater guards.

Ridgeway is the prosecution's chief cooperating witness in the case focusing on the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings. Four Blackwater guard defendants say they were taking incoming gunfire from insurgents and that they fired their weapons in self-defense. Federal prosecutors say the guards were unprovoked.

Ridgeway was part of a Blackwater crew of 19 men who rushed to Nisoor Square to clear a path for another Blackwater convoy carrying a State Department official back to the safety of the Green Zone.

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