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Freed Italian hostage survives likely assassination bid by US Special Forces.


U.S. forces have fired at a car carrying Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena shortly after her liberation, killing one Italian intelligence agent, wounding two other agents (...) The kidnapping had already attracted much suspicion --as have other previous kidnappings of individuals hostile to US interests in Iraq. The circumstances of the shooting will do little to assauge those suspicions...

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Freed Italian hostage survives likely assassination bid by US Special Forces.

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March 4, 2005 - U.S. forces have fired at a car carrying Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena shortly after her liberation, killing one Italian intelligence agent, wounding two other agents.

The just-freed journalist was later treated for a shrapnel wound in her shoulder at a U.S. military hospital.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has demanded an explanation from the United States. "The agent, Nicola Calipari covered Sgrena with his body, he was hit by a bullet which unfortunately was fatal," he said.

Berlusconi personally knew Calipari and the agent's wife worked in his Palazzo Chigi office. Calipari had worked on previous hostage release cases in Iraq "He was an extraordinary man," said Berlusconi.

Sgrena, was abducted while waiting outside a Baghdad mosque to interview refugees from the US-led assault on the city of Fallujah in November. She has worked for leftist Italian newspaper Il Manifesto since 1988. The paper is opposed to the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The kidnapping had already attracted much suspicion --as have other previous kidnappings of individuals hostile to US interests in Iraq. The circumstances of the shooting will do little to assauge those suspicions.

If the Italian intelligence agent who died shielding Sgrena had not courageously given his life in such a way, the outcome would have been the death of Sgrena and the injuring of three inteligence agents. That would have made it look like she had been the primary target of a planned ambush.

That is precisely the conclusion many Italian journalists, members of the public and skeptics of mainstream corporate news will tonight be concluding.

Just days ago an article on AL-AHRAM online weekly asked:

"Is there more to the abduction of Italian journalist
Giuliana Sgrena than meets the eye?"


The secretary of the Rome-based National Federation of the Italian Press (FNSI), complained, "With so little information at hand, no one is saying that the Iraqi secret service is behind the latest kidnapping, but the nagging question as to who benefits from terrorising anti- occupation civilians persists"...

With the deteriorating security situation inside Iraq, the latest Italian hostages have been critics of the military occupation rather than employees in foreign companies. Enzo Baldoni another independent journalist who was killed while in capture was himself working on a Falluja story....

The question on everyone's lips is why are pacifist civilians kidnapped in Iraq? What sense is there in eliminating journalists who are known for publishing information that goes against the occupation?...

With so little information at hand, no one is saying that the Iraqi secret service is behind the latest kidnapping, but the nagging question as to who benefits from terrorising anti- occupation civilians persists.

Two recent developments are worth noting. Earlier in the year, Newsweek reported that the Pentagon is considering using the "Salvador Option" in reference to a counter-insurgency strategy of the 1980s which saw the CIA-train local secret forces to go after leftists insurgents and their sympathisers in the Central American country and which led to tens of thousands of deaths.

A few weeks ago, and of particular interest to Italy, researcher Daniele Ganser with the Centre for Security Studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich published a book on the NATO's Secret Armies after WWII. The research offers plenty of proof on how NATO and the secret services in various European countries collaborated in attacks on civilians that were blamed on left-wing groups. It was not till the early 1990s that a former Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti confirmed that the secret group, code- named Gladio, existed.

Ganser's book contains various documented confessions including this chilling statement by former Gladio member, a right-wing extremist who was convicted for his part in one fatal attack, "You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security."
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