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Another Attack on a Journalist

Independent media sources have placed the number of journlists killed by American forces in Irag as somewhere between fifteen and twenty. According to this article American forces "mistakely" fired on a convoy carrrying an Italian journalist held captive by kidnappers in Iraq. Was this an attempt to take the life of yet another journalist in Iraq?
Independent media sources have placed the number of journlists killed by American forces in Irag as somewhere between fifteen and twenty. According to this article American forces "mistakely" fired on a convoy carrrying an Italian journalist held captive by kidnappers in Iraq. Was this an attempt to take the life of yet another journalist in Iraq?

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By PATRICK QUINN, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S.-led coalition forces fired on a car carrying a freed Italian hostage as it approached a checkpoint in Baghdad Friday, wounding the former captive and killing another person in her car, a U.S. military spokesman said.

US confirms wounding Italian journalist, killing fellow passenger
AFP - 10 minutes ago

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, an ally of the United States who has kept troops in Iraq (news - web sites) despite public opposition at home, said an Italian intelligence officer was killed. He asked the U.S. ambassador for an explanation of the shooting.

"Given that the fire came from an American source I called in the American ambassador," Berlusconi told reporters before the U.S. statement acknowledging that coalition forces shot at the vehicle. "I believe we must have an explanation for such a serious incident, for which someone must take the responsibility."

The freed hostage, journalist Giuliana Sgrena, was being treated by "coalition force medical personnel," an U.S. announcement said. The shooting came shortly after her release was confirmed. She had been held hostage for about a month.

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Very Suspect ! 04.Mar.2005 13:44

Moor

Maybe this very suspect attack will give that traitor to the Italian people, Berlusconi, the "excuse" to pull the Italian troops out of Iraq.

Newspaper Editor in Tears 04.Mar.2005 22:50

Media Zombie

From Reuters News...

ROME (Reuters) - U.S. forces fired at a car carrying Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena shortly after her liberation, killing an Italian secret service agent and lightly wounding the journalist, her newspaper said on Friday.

Gabriele Polo, the editor of Il Manifesto newspaper, said Sgrena's car was fired on as it made its way to Baghdad airport.

"This news which should have be a moment of celebration, has been ruined by this fire fight," Polo told Sky Italia television.

"An Italian agent has been killed by an American bullet. A tragic demonstration which we never wanted that everything that's happening in Iraq is completely senseless and mad," he added, struggling to fight back his tears.

The Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi sent his condolences to the family of the dead agent, who was named by Il Manifesto's Polo as Nicola Calipari.

Sgrena was seized in the Iraqi capital on Feb. 4 as she conducted interviews on the street near Baghdad University.

The gun happy 05.Mar.2005 18:48

March Hare

cowboys of the U.S. military ride again.