For 2007 massacre that killed 17 Iraqi civilians, including children. Rawstory:
A recent report suggests the guards could face up to 30 years in prison.The report also says the State Dept. just renewed Blackwater's contract in Iraq.
The State Department, which hires Blackwater guards to protect US diplomats and other military employees, has no comment on the development. Blackwater and the Justice Department have both also refused to comment, CNN reported.
Blackwater's involvement with the shooting became an anti-American rallying cry for insurgents and strained relations between the U.S. and Iraq.
But prosecutors face a hard battle, the Associated Press reported.
The law is unclear on whether contractors can be charged in the U.S., or anywhere, for crimes committed overseas. The indictment sends the message that the Justice Department believes contractors do not operate with legal impunity in war zones.