Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire in Current Affairs, News and Analysis on The Army Rumour Service; Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena has been taken to a hospital in Baghdad with gunshot wounds shortly after being released from her kidnappers in Iraq.
Ms Sgrena was being driven to Baghdad airport when a US ...
Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena has been taken to a hospital in Baghdad with gunshot wounds shortly after being released from her kidnappers in Iraq.
Ms Sgrena was being driven to Baghdad airport when a US patrol fired at the car, injuring the journalist in the shoulder and killing an officer.
The man, Nicola Calipari, had taken part in the operation to free her.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed on Italian television that the agent had been killed by US fire.
There is no confirmation by the US forces.
Ms Sgrena, who was abducted on 4 February, was freed in Baghdad.
The Pope, who had appealed for her release, welcomed the news from his hospital bed.
A little-known militant group, Islamic Jihad Organisation, had said it kidnapped her and demanded that Italy withdraw its troops from Iraq.
The same group said in September it had killed two Italian aid workers, Simona Torretta and Simona Pari, who were later released by another organisation.
A second agent was injured in Friday's shootout, while a third escaped unharmed.
The Iraqi driver of the car was also reportedly wounded, according to Italian media sources.
Gabriele Polo, the editor of Italian daily newspaper Il Manifesto, which Ms Sgrena works for, praised the courage of the officer.
"Nicola Calipari is the person we should thank for Giuliana's liberation," he said.
"Unfortunately, he was killed by US fire. This is an atrocious irony, " daily newspaper La Repubblica quoted him as saying.
Il Manifesto's editorial director, Francesco Paterno, said he had been told of her release by the Italian government.
The information was also confirmed by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
Two weeks ago, Ms Sgrena appeared in a video begging for help and urging foreign troops to leave Iraq.
In the emotional footage, a tense and tearful Ms Sgrena said: "You must end the occupation, it's the only way we can get out of this situation. I'm counting on you."
Shortly after the video appeared, the Italian Senate voted to extend the country's military presence in Iraq.
It has been suggested that the video was released to coincide with the vote.
Ms Sgrena's capture had surprised Italian observers, as her left-wing paper has always strongly opposed the war in Iraq, says the BBC's David Willey in Rome.
Many foreigners have been kidnapped by Iraqi militants, usually demanding the withdrawal of foreign troops or companies associated with the US-led invasion of the country.
Some have been killed, while others have been released. Many more Iraqis have been kidnapped, usually for ransom.
Ms Sgrena is the eighth Italian to have been taken hostage.
An Italian journalist and Red Cross aid worker, Enzo Baldoni, was kidnapped last August and killed by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.
Four Italians were taken hostage in Iraq in April. One of them, civilian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was later shot dead by his captors, while three were released.
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire I think the word is "Oops!"
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire Prvt Clegg cums to mind. Will the yank trooper be sacrificed for political reasons ?
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire i'm not at all surprised.
I wish you'd keep my hands to yourself - Groucho Marx
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire Its unfortunate that this incident occured. I wonder why they Italians didnt bother to communicate to MNFI Hq prior to them launching their recovery op? The airport road is a known hotspot for terrorist activity. A car at night speeding at a checkpoint has to be considered hostile.
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire T6 I gather from mates that have worked with the Eyeties that they are Shite.
Blame them, not the GI. No communication to Uncle Sam at all, methinks. Bravo Bravo sets himself a depressingly low standard which he consistently fails to achieve.
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire Yes "Command" must answer, not the Trooper on the ground risking his life and limbs.
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire T6
Someone, somewhere, failed to let the men on the ground know what was going on, or thought that they didn't need to observe the rules in a hostile area.
A rotten end to this episode :(
Re: Freed Iraq hostage hit by US fire Absolutely tomahawk, i've driven the road many times. All the date palms in the central reservation have been chopped down to give a field of vision to both sides of the carriage way, and the place is a sea of bradley's. I certainly wouldnt fcuk about on that piece of road.
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