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"Our vehicle was running at normal speed, which could not be misunderstood," she said, rejecting US fears of a possible suicide attack.
"It wasn't a checkpoint, but a patrol which immediately opened fire after they trained their light on us."
A companion, who travelled with her from Baghdad, levelled serious accusations at the US troops involved in the incident, saying the shooting had been deliberate.
"The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming," said Pier Scolari on leaving Italy's Celio hospital, where Ms Sgrena was treated for her wounds.
"They were 700 metres from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints."
Ms Sgrena, who was wounded in the incident, has been sent to a military hospital in Rome for an operation.
She denied US military accounts that the car was speeding past a checkpoint when it was fired upon.
Originally posted by INO It is what it is.... a tragedy none the less....but they didn't even inform Unit Command that they were going to do this? It was OOPs (out-of-protocol) kill.
In a somber speech to Parliament, Gianfranco Fini disputed the US military's version of the events that led to Friday night's shooting near Baghdad International Airport. The car carrying journalist Giuliani Sgrena to the airport -- less than an hour after her release by insurgents who had held her hostage -- was coming to a halt when it was riddled by gunfire at a US checkpoint, Fini said. He also said the slain intelligence agent, Nicola Calipari, had made a series of phone calls in an effort to alert Italian and US authorities...
...Fini's description of the events, based on testimony by the driver, an unidentified Italian intelligence agent, contained no mention of warning shots or hand signals. Fini said the car was traveling at no more than 25 m.p.h. on a wet road as the driver steered around cement blocks. Fini said the driver was already braking when the car was hit by a burst of automatic gunfire lasting 10 to 15 seconds.