Friday, March 04, 2005
Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.D.: The left-wing Italian journalist who was abducted in Baghdad on February 4 was freed today after a long negotiation with her captors. That's the good news . . . .
American troops fired on a car rushing Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena to freedom on Friday after a month in captivity, killing the Italian intelligence officer who helped negotiate her release and wounding the reporter . . . .Online Journal has posted several translations of Sgrena's Il Manifesto stories from the second half of last year, including:
The U.S. military said the car was speeding as it approached a coalition checkpoint in western Baghdad at 8:55 p.m. It said soldiers shot into the engine block only after trying to warn the driver to stop by "hand and arm signals, flashing white lights, and firing warning shots" . . . .
The intelligence agent was killed when he threw himself over Sgrena to protect her from U.S. fire, Apcom quoted Gabriele Polo, the editor of the leftist Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, as saying. Sgrena worked for Il Manifesto.
Berlusconi identified the dead intelligence officer as Nicola Calipari and said he had been at the forefront of negotiations with the kidnappers. The prime minister said Calipari had been involved in the release of other Italian hostages in Iraq in the past . . . .
The shooting came as a blow to Berlusconi, who has kept 3,000 troops in Iraq despite strong opposition in Italy. The shooting was likely to set off new protests in Italy, where tens of thousands have regularly turned out on the streets to protest the Iraq war. Sgrena's newspaper was a loud opponent of the war.
- Interview with an Iraqi woman tortured at Abu Graib (1 July 2004)
- Two thousand victims in Fallujah, according to the Iraqi government: The UN reports that the number of children suffering from malnutrition has doubled (26 November 2004)
- Ten thousand Iraqis in US and British prisons: Number of detainees rises in an offensive launched by the occupation forces with the elections in view; Among the prisoners are 350 foreigners accused of terrorism (29 December 2004)