2005/03/13

Update: Giuliana Sgrena

In an interview with The Independent, Sgrena's partner, Pier Scolari, said: "None of us is so stupid as to think the Americans did it on purpose. But the dynamic was that of an ambush and we want a convincing explanation of what happened, because the first American explanation was totally false."

I actually don't think it's stupid at all to think the CIA/US Gov. would involve itself in such a plan although the soldiers themselves may not have been in the need to know group.

American troops who fatally shot an Italian intelligence agent last week on the road to Baghdad's airport were part of extra security provided by the Army to protect U.S. Ambassador John D. Negroponte, a U.S. official said Thursday.

The Army has acknowledged that the checkpoint was temporary but has given no details about why it was set up. The day after the shooting, Lt. Col. Clifford Kenta, a spokesman for the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, said the checkpoint was not permanent.

This answers one of the questions I had previously asked. Was a stationary checkpoint usual on this road?

Berlusconi told lawmakers Wednesday that Calipari had informed an Italian liaison officer, waiting at the airport along with an American officer, that he was headed there with a freed hostage. LA Times

«We buried them, but we could not identify them because they were charred from the napalm bombs used by the Americans». People from Saqlawiya village, near Falluja, told al Jazeera television, based in Qatar, that they helped bury 73 bodies of women and children completely charred, all in the same grave.

No independent source could verify the facts, since all the news arrived until now are those spread by journalists embedded with the American troops, who would only allow British and American media to enrol with them. But the villagers who fled in the last few days spoke of many bodies which had not been buried: it was too dangerous to collect the corpses during the battle.

Read Napalm Raid on Falluja?, an article written by Giuliana Sgrena for IL Manifesto, November 23, 2004.

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