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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 01:29 PM
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Italian Journalist Released In Iraq
Italian journalist released in Iraq

Friday 04 March 2005, 21:13 Makka Time, 18:13 GMT


Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who was abducted in Baghdad on 4 February, has been freed, Aljazeera has reported.

Sgrena, 56, a reporter for the daily Il Manifesto, was kidnapped by armed men near Baghdad University where she had been interviewing refugees from last year's US assault on Falluja.

Il Manifesto's editorial director Francesco Paterno saidhe had been informed of Sgrena's release by an Italian official in charge of the secret service.

"It's been confirmed. Gianni Letta confirmed it. They have her," said Paterno, without giving any further details.


Italy's President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi also confirmed that Sgrena had been released.

Il Manifesto strongly opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq and has fiercely criticised Prime MinisterSilvio Berlusconi's support and his decision to deploy 3000 troops in Iraq.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/18E55671-28DC-43...
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 01:39 PM
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1. Good. nt
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 01:54 PM
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2. Great news. n/t
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:42 PM
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3. CNN Breaking: US troops fire on her car as she's being released...
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 02:46 PM by Cooley Hurd
I'm NOT kidding! looking for link... Jeebus Fucking Christ! :grr:

Il Manifesto reporting her car was mistakenly fired on by a US armored vehicle after she was released. One passenger in the car was killed, and she was wounded in the shoulder. Still looking for a link...
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:42 PM
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4. Just heard it on CNN. what the.....?
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 02:44 PM by oasis
:wtf: trigger happy bastards.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:48 PM
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5. Can you believe it?
:grr: and a kick for the bigger, breaking story.
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:50 PM
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6. And Eason Jordan cackles to himself
Jesus.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:41 PM
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34. Wonder if Jordan will comment on this
He's looking more legitimate by the minute!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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7. U.S. Forces Fire at Freed Reporter in Iraq, Italian secret service killed
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 03:00 PM by Bluebear


ROME (Reuters) - U.S. forces fired at a car carrying Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena shortly after her liberation, wounding some of the passengers, the journalist's newspaper said on Friday.

"She was going in a car to the airport with three people from the Italian security forces. U.S. forces opened fire on the car. She is fine but there are wounded," Il Manifesto's editorial director Francesco Paterno told Reuters.

Italian news agency ANSA said Sgrena had been wounded in the shoulder and added that one of the Italian secret service agents had been killed. Another news agency, AGI, said Sgrena was being treated in a Baghdad hospital.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050304/ts...
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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8. Do you think Eason Jordan will be asking for his job back?
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 02:48 PM by meganmonkey
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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14. First thing I thought of too, megan
This is just unbelievable.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:11 PM
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25. VJ where have you been!
Missed you!
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:19 PM
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28. layin' low, layin' low
Where I used to post my daily outrages, these days I only join in the discussion for true outrages. I was getting a little too outraged during election season.

:D

:hug: Bluebear! :hug:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:19 PM
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29. I hear you
You have been sorely, sorely missed. But I understand the need to take a break from this crap now and then.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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9. You took the words out of my mouth....
Looks as if Eason Jordan has just been vindicated.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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10. CNN reporting she was wounded in the shoulder...
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 02:52 PM by Cooley Hurd
...and has been taken to a hospital, and there's one passenger killed.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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11. US forces killed one of the Italian secret service agents.
That is really awful.
:scared:
:scared:
:scared:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:17 PM
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27. Thanks CB updated the headline
So so sad.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:23 PM
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31. This is very, very, VERY serious.
Why weren't we informed of the Italian attempt? Why are we just shooting randomly at autos?

The "US forces shoot at" angle of this story is even more important than the fact that the reporter was (thankfully) released.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:26 PM
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33. 2 questions
Did they know who they were shooting at and if so why were they shooting

or

Did they not know who they were shooting at and if so why were they shooting?
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:39 PM
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72. I don't have any answers.
It's all so senseless. She survived being held captive yet people die when she's finally free. :cry:
I'm sure the Italian people are mightily pissed off right now.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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12. This is VERY concerning!!!!
Is anyone tracking the journalists that are "mistakenly" being shot down?
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:14 PM
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65. Fontline/World did a segment on it a few weeks ago
Showed a Iraqi Journalist being killed by an American Helicopter Firing a missile into a Crowd, after an IED.

The Reporter was recording a report at the time.

<http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/index.html >
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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13. This probably happens all the time to Iraqi citizens
but it never gets reported...
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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18. Really gives the impression...
...that our troops are still firing randomly at anything that moves.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:13 PM
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26. Indiscriminate!
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:37 PM
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71. That IS what my Iraqi neighbors tell me.
Andt it's been going on for 2 YEARS now... :cry:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:23 PM
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32. Wasn't there a situation involving shooting into some family's car?
I don't remember if it was at a checkpoint or not but the kids were orphaned and.... oh this is all distressing.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:10 PM
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64. Happens fairly frequently
But this is what you're probably thinking about:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/0...
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okieinpain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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15. funny shit, if it wasn't so sad. reminds me of m.a.s.h.
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:59 PM
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20. Seriously, seriously FUBAR
And very M.A.S.H.-like!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:10 PM
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24. Indeed!
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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16. Well, they were told to shoot at "independent journalists"...
How are they supposed to tell the difference between "independent" and "freed" journalists? :shrug:
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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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17. Brown skin = terrorist, according to pres. AWOL
brown skin with too much info = definite terrorist, must destroy.

:P
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Dhalgren Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 02:57 PM
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19. Makes sense:
A car full of dark-skinned Foreigners, headed for the airport? Light'em up!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:00 PM
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Truly, LBN moderator this headline is important enough to stand on its own
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 03:18 PM by Bluebear
.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:09 PM
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23. .
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 03:18 PM by Bluebear
.
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vpigrad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 06:35 PM
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78. Why would the thugs in green...
punish her for being a hostage? I don't understand. What in the hell goes through the minds of those idiots? "Hey, there's the poor woman that was a hostage. Hey bubba, let's shoot her!" Damn violent idiots make this country look horrible.
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:00 PM
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21. journalists safer in the hands of insurgents
than they are at large in Iraq.

News organizations will be advising captive journalists to stay put, for their own safety.
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:01 PM
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22. Oh man. Ain't that the truth.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:22 PM
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30. Bellesconi going through the motions asking U.S. ambassador to
investigate the death of the Italian security agent.

He really could give a shit about the guy.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:50 PM
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35. Now they say the car was driving too fast coming to the checkpoint
MM-hmm.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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36. U.S. Forces Fire at Freed (Italian) Reporter's Car, Agent Killed
Fri Mar 4, 2005 02:49 PM ET

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.

Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.
<http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s... >
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Kimber Scott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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37. Senseless and Mad. Like the man who got us in there. This is so sad.
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KingoftheJungle Donating Member (355 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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38. This is so horrible I'm actually laughing
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 03:09 PM by KingoftheJungle
Sure says a lot about whats going on over there, doesn't it? I can't get over the irony of it all.
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loritooker Donating Member (376 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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39. I'm so relieved that the reporter was not killed! nt
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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55. But the secret agent was killed.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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40. Jesus fucking christ
this is just beyond comprehension.
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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41. I Think The Term 'ClusterFuck' Can Now Be Applied To Our Leaders
Iraq misadventure.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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45. actually in this case
'total goat-fuck' is the term of art.
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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42. Were they tryig to kill the reporter? Eason Jordons comments ring any
BELLS HERE ?
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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46. No kidding
Seems awfully suspicious. What does she know? :tinfoilhat:
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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43. Maybe PNAC fears the report she'll file n/t
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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44. Sonuvabitch n/t
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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47. Unbelieveable...
Politics aside...anyone in charge there?

Last time I looked, Italy was a coalition partner--no liaison? no co-ordination? no support?

These people are incompetent by any standards...


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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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51. Thing is,...I tend to assume Italy would inform the U.S. of the release.
Wouldn't you? :shrug:
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 10:54 PM
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81. I would too...
I would also assume that things like this are vetted to the various authorities...that hostages and the various 'negotiations' going on are duly noted...
Somebody screwed up...
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plasticsundance Donating Member (786 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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48. Did anyone read this link?
http://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ira...

Giuliana Sgrena, an unembedded Italian journalist, was not kidnapped by the Iraqi resistance. If you read her stories, you will immediately realize the Iraqi resistance had absolutely no reason to abduct her. Giuliana Sgrena wrote about the suffering of the Iraqi people under occupation. Suffering daily abuses and violence from occupation forces or their proxies, the Iraqis themselves are subjected to routine hostage-taking by the occupiers, writes Stefano Chiarini, Il Manifesto correspondent in Baghdad.

<snip>

Both Hassan and Sgrena were kidnapped by counterinsurgency black op groupsnow admitted to be working in both Iraq and Iran by the Pentagonposing as resistance fighters. I have no evidence of this but it is the only explanation that makes sense. I have written about this elsewhere, so will not repeat the details. See my Hersh Adds Credibility to Speculation Margaret Hassan was the Victim of a Counterinsurgency Operation, posted on January 18. I also wrote about it here. For speculating on such, I have been termed a conspiracy nut donning a tinfoil hat.

Eason Jordan, the chief news executive of CNN, was forced to resign recently for stating the obvious: the Pentagon targets journalists in Iraq. Jordan sheepishly attempted to backtrack after making the comment in Davos, Switzerland.


I did not supply inner links from article, especially the Hersh reference.

Odd, isn't it? Or is it just another day in Iraq? Or someone doesn't want certain information to come out.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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54. I've been thinking this one & the French reporter (& maybe others too)...
...were part of that fucker Negroponte's "Salvador Option" in Iraq. Yea I did.

Don

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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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49. The Italian PM appears angry,...is demanding an explanation,...
,...and believes it was definitely U.S. forces while DoD is saying "coalition forces".
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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50. bushco rule #1 "not my fault, wasn't me, I didnt' do it". EOM
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Charles19 Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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52. What the hell is going on over there that nonsense like this
happens.

I can't imagine what it is like having to live day to day in a situation like that.

I just found out my cousin has been stationed in Baghdad, scary stuff. It is BS he has to go take part in this circus.
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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53. Is this for real?
My goodness, we just cannot be that incompetent.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:54 PM
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56. Now, they're confirming it was U.S. forces,...
,...of course, it was a "mistake",...her car was travelling at a high rate of speed approaching the checkpoint,...

Yeah,...whatthefuckever,... :eyes:
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:00 PM
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58. it was on purpose for sure....
can't have a reporter teling tales of truth out of Iraq now can we? :grr:
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fryguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:01 PM
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59. what if she wasn't a reporter?
had this not been a reporter's car would the incident have even been reported? would it have been labled as soliders killing "insurgents"? wonder how often this sort of thing happens and how often the pentagon covers it up?
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:04 PM
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61. The reporter is irrelevent and dangerous to Bushco...
that they killed one and now probably two Italian secret service agents is why this MIGHT see the light of day. Very sad.
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 05:37 PM
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73. THE AGENT WAS SHIELDING THE REPORTER AND WAS
shot while protecting the reporters life. I was listening to the news report during the Ed Shultz show.
They tried to kill the Italian reporter.IMO
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 08:16 PM
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79. I wonder if this
will make the Italians more pissed at us?
Berlesconi must be getting mega bribes from the Bu$hies.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 03:59 PM
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57.  "It appears a second person in the automobile was killed," (AP)
"It appears a second person in the automobile was killed," and that "Sgrena is being treated by coalition force medical personnel."

The announcement, read by a U.S. military spokesman, Staff Sergeant Don Dees, added that the "incident is under investigation and additional details will be provided when they become available."

Dees would not provide further details but said the issue was being taken "very seriously."

"I want to emphasize that we are investigating this, and that we will work diligently and quickly to provide details as soon as we have them," Dees said.
more...
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050304/ap...
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fryguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:02 PM
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60. security peronnel killed in attack
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/03/04/iraq.main/ind...

Nicola Calipari, a member of the security forces who were with Sgrena, was killed.
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old blue Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 06:01 PM
Response to Reply #57
75. Sgrena is being treated by coalition force medical personnel."
Gee, now they can finish the job.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:04 PM
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62. It's time to check BBC. Apparently the corporate media intends to bury
this story.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:08 PM
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63. The spin has begun!!!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was injured and another person killed on Friday when "multinational forces" fired on a speeding automobile at a military checkpoint in Baghdad, the Pentagon said.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:22 PM
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68. They've got to keep up up to date on the Micheal Jackson Trial!
Or the Neocon sponsored uprisings in Lebanon :mad:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:15 PM
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66. Der Spiegel (Germany): Sgrena "heavily wounded"
:(
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Emboldened Chimp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:20 PM
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67. Top of the page on the NY Times
U.S. Forces Fired on Car Carrying Freed Italian Hostage in Iraq

Filed at 3:11 p.m. ET

ROME (AP) -- A freed Italian hostage was injured and an Italian intelligence officer killed Friday after a U.S. armored vehicle fired on a car in which they were riding in Iraq, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

Berlusconi, an ally of the United States who has kept troops in Iraq despite public opposition at home, said he has asked the U.S. ambassador for an explanation.

"Given that the fire came from an American source I called in the American ambassador," Berlusconi told reporters. "I believe we must have an explanation for such a serious incident, for which someone must take the responsibility."

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Italy-...
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:25 PM
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69. I just heard the NPR report...
The Italians are VERY pissed off. :grr:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 04:28 PM
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70. I would imagine!
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 04:28 PM by Bluebear
So sad.
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BiggerBen Donating Member (20 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 09:03 PM
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80. Italians
Italians are always pissed off
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 05:39 PM
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74. repost. The agent was killed while shielding the reporter from gunfire
They were firing at the reporter when the agent was killed protecting her.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 06:04 PM
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76. Italian news confirms, he threw his body over her & saved her life
While losing his. :(
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 06:11 PM
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77. U.S. Forces Wound Freed Italian Hostage in Iraq
U.S. Forces Wound Freed Italian Hostage in Iraq
Fri Mar 4, 2005 05:34 PM ET

By Andrew Marshall

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was freed by her captors on Friday but U.S. forces in Iraq mistakenly opened fire on the convoy taking her to safety, wounding her and killing an Italian secret service agent.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, one of President Bush's staunchest supporters in Iraq, immediately summoned the American ambassador, demanding explanations and declaring someone had to take responsibility.

U.S. forces at a checkpoint shot dead the agent and wounded Sgrena in the shoulder while she was being driven to Baghdad airport after being freed and handed over to three Italian secret service officers, Berlusconi told a news conference.

"We were turned to stone when the officials told us about it on the telephone," Berlusconi said.

"The agent, Nicola Calipari covered Sgrena with his body, he was hit by a bullet which unfortunately was fatal," he said. All three other passengers were wounded. Sgrena was treated for a shrapnel wound in her shoulder at a U.S. military hospital.

The 57-year-old Sgrena was kidnapped on Feb. 4. Insurgents later released a video of



http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml ;jsessionid=3XTTT2XIFTSSKCRBAEZSFEY?type=topNews&storyID=7814230
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