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?
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.