Vice President Biden said Saturday during a visit to Iraq that the U.S will appeal a federal court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five Blackwater security guards involved in a 2007 Baghdad shooting that left 17 dead.

Mr. Biden added that he was disappointed by the judge's ruling that prosecutors mishandled the case, and that the U.S. would file their appeal next week.

An attorney for one of the Blackwater guards criticized the announcement today in Iraq for being based on politics and not on the law.