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Timeline in U.S. shooting of Italy agent (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 07:58 PM
This timeline of events shows us what led to Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari tragically losing his life when he failed to halt for a U.S. Army roadblock in Iraq.
A report released by the U.S. Army on Saturday outlined the events of the evening of March 4, when Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari was mistakenly shot to death by U.S. soldiers. Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had been held hostage by Iraqi militants for a month, and another Italian intelligence agent were wounded when the soldiers fired on their car as it approached a U.S. checkpoint on the way to Baghdad airport.

The report said the soldiers were ordered to block the road to all traffic until then-U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte passed on his way to Camp Victory, a U.S. military base near the airport.

The report defines an Alert Line as the point on a roadblock where the soldiers are alert to possible danger from an approaching vehicle; the Warning Line is the point past which an intruder elicits the firing of warning shots.

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This unfortunate young man had just rescued a hostage from insurgents, and was running for his life through hostile territory. He should have recognized our presence as a refuge from those he sought to flee. A bit of order among the chaos.

Instead, pumped with adrenaline and not trusting anyone that would try to stop him, he chose to attempt to ram a U.S. Army barricade. You just don’t do that if you want to stay alive.

It’s not that our troops are rabid killers, they’re not. They are men and women like you and I, doing a service to this nation. They have a job to do, and they did it here, as the findings of this investigation have shown.

It is unfortunate that some individuals do not seem to understand this and choose to test the boundaries of our military might, placing themselves in harm’s way unnecessarily.

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posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 08:06 PM
Well put!!

Truly sad someone died. But that's the way it is in some places.
The troops have to be ever vigilant and always on the look-out.

For all they knew that vehicle could have been another suicide
bomber. There is always a million what-ifs and different scenarios
that could have played out.

Unfortuneatly it ended up like this.
The driver could have stopped.
The soldiers could have took a huge chance and not fired.
Maybe they were friendly, maybe not.
Maybe they could have shot the tires out.
Maybe the car would continue rolling and make to the gate only to blow up.
Maybe the soldiers could have done something better.

That's what the soldoers could have been thinking, they had a few seconds to react and do what they thought was best at the time.

BTW, YES vote here.

[edit on 30/4/2005 by SportyMB]

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