March 4, 2005

SORRY ABOUT HIM:

US admits to shooting journo (Agence France-Presse, March 05, 2005)

KIDNAPPED Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was set free in Iraq today, but then wounded as US troops shot at her vehicle.

The US military confirmed its forces fired on and wounded the female journalist and killed another passenger when their car sped up to a checkpoint on the road to the Baghdad airport.

"At approximately 8.55pm (4.55am today AEDT), coalition forces ... fired on a vehicle approaching a checkpoint in Baghdad at a high rate of speed," said Lieutenant Colonel Mike Caldwell.

"The recently freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was an occupant in the vehicle and was apparently injured.

"The details are not clear at this point. Apparently, a second person in the automobile was killed. Ms Sgrena is being treated by coalition medical personnel. The incident is under investigation."

Ms Sgrena's newspaper Il Manifesto first reported the shooting and said she had suffered a shoulder wound.

It said the dead man was an Italian secret service agent, was had helped negotiate her release.

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said his government had summoned Washington's ambassador to Rome to explain the incident.


So this Communist provocateur, who opposes the regime change, is "taken" for just long enough for a payment to be arranged from the Italian government to the militants we are fighting before she's released unharmed. Then the Italian secret service guys try racing through a checkpoint...but we owe them an explanation?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2005 4:58 PM
Comments

You would think they would have called ahead, especially knowing what happens to vehicles approaching checkpoints.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 4, 2005 5:35 PM

What makes you think they know what to do at a checkpoint? This is the Italian military we're talking about here. They're only .500 in wars with Ethiopia.

Posted by: Bart at March 4, 2005 5:54 PM

"Sir, we shot some commie journalist and an Italian motorist!"

"So what's the prioblem?"

Posted by: Amos at March 4, 2005 8:20 PM

"Sir, we shot some commie journalist and an Italian motorist!"

"So what's the problem?"

Posted by: Amos at March 4, 2005 8:20 PM

Read on another website that the military shot into the engine block and the guys were killed when the car went out of control. The guy killed was not shot at all. The military had signalled and flashed lights at the car to stop and the car speeded up. That was when the military shot into the engine block.

Check story on website Jawa report:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/070103.php

Posted by: dick at March 4, 2005 9:23 PM

What is the probability that this action was intended to generate a shooting for agitprop purposes but things went worse than expected? Speeding up to a check point seems like Something you'd do in order to be shot at.

Or it could just by typical elitist arrogance. "The rules, they do not apply to me"

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 5, 2005 12:19 AM

This payoff scam involving sympathetic Italians is getting out of hand. It's at least the second time they've done it, isn't it?

Whatever happened to the resolve about not paying off hostages?

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 5, 2005 3:06 AM

Death by natural causes: it would be most unnatural not to be shot under such circumstances.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 5, 2005 6:43 AM

why were italian agents operating in iraq without coordinating with the u.s. military ? the entire episode reeks.

Posted by: cjm at March 5, 2005 11:26 AM

why were italian agents operating in iraq without coordinating with the u.s. military ? the entire episode reeks. still one can be thankful that no u.s. personnel were injured due to italian driving skills.

Posted by: cjm at March 5, 2005 11:27 AM
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