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13:11 Scholars: "Americans knew of the passage"
"the Americans and the Italians had been inform you of the passage of the car. They were to 700 meters from the airport, wants to say that all the controls had passed ". Pier has said Scholars exiting from the Celio.
Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
However, they don't make mistakes like this one. She was only lightly wounded and was discharged from hospital. In the event of this being a planned assassination, one of the "soldiers" would have been a plant and would have made sure the job was done right.
Sgrena, who was interviewed by investigators at the Rome hospital, denied that the car was speeding, according to ANSA news agency.
"The firing was not justified by the speed of our car," she reportedly said, adding it was traveling at a "regular" speed. "It wasn't a checkpoint, but a patrol which shot as soon as it had lit us up with a spotlight. We had no idea where the shots were coming from."
It remained unclear whether the Italians notified the Americans at the airport that they were en route. However, the plane picking up Sgrena was a special Italian military flight whose landing would have been known at some level of the U.S. military.
Originally posted by namehere
who should we believe with no proof, how do we know she wasnt disoreinted and really couldnt tell how fast they were going or if it was a checkpoint, she admits they didnt stop and they dont use spotlights randomly, this shows they didnt know who it was.
"It was not a checkpoint, but a patrol that fired after having shone a floodlight at us," she told ANSA.
Sgrena also disputed that the car was speeding.
The U.S. military did not describe the nature of what it called a checkpoint, such as whether it was marked or well lighted. An American spokesman in Baghdad said he had no further information.
When stopping a car or investigating a possible bomb, U.S. patrols often set up makeshift checkpoints by parking Humvees in the middle of a darkened highway and treating any vehicle approaching as hostile. Iraqi drivers sometimes don't realize they are upon an American position until it is too late. Dozens and perhaps hundreds of Iraqi civilians have been killed in the last two years after failing to stop while approaching military convoys or checkpoints, including at least nine in the last two months, according to news reports and U.S. military statements.
Originally posted by Souljah
a few points about sgrena:
- her reports filter the impact of conflict through the lives of ordinary people
- shewas one of the founders of the peace movement in the 1980s
- she refused to become embedded with the u.s. military during the war
- she interviewed an iraqi woman who said she was held at abu ghraib prison for 80 days by u.s. forces
- sgrena's outspoken anti-war stance should have endeared her to iraqi insurgents fighting the u.s.-led forces
- she told italian radio of the "rain of fire" on her car, which she said was not going particularly fast.
- she told her colleagues that her captors "never treated me badly"