We have all heard about the results of this investigation a week ago but now the official report is ready to be released:
A U.S. military investigation has cleared American troops of any wrongdoing in the shooting death last month of an Italian security agent in Baghdad, according to a senior Pentagon official.
The agent’s death strained relations between the United States and Italy, two stalwart allies in the Iraq war.
The U.S. soldiers involved will face no disciplinary actions, the Pentagon official said Monday….
The investigators’ report also said there appears to have been no attempted coordination on the part of the Italians to clear the U.S. checkpoint, the official said….
Italian media reported that while Italian officials participated in the U.S. investigation, it is unclear whether they would endorse the report. News reports in Italy also said officials there do not agree with the findings.
Guess what the communist reporter is saying:
An Italian journalist rescued from hostage-takers in Iraq last month has reacted angrily to a US military investigation absolving American soldiers of responsibility for killing the man who rescued her…
In a front page editorial in her left-wing daily Il Manifesto, Sgrena called on Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister, to respond what she called a “slap in the face for the Italian Government”.
Sgrena, a veteran war correspondent who was held hostage for a month in Iraq, wrote: “After the apologies comes the slap in the face.” She said that the Americans had not listened to either her testimony or that of another Italian agent, even though, she said, both had given the same evidence without discussing what had happened. “Obviously, our two testimonies given to the American commission were useless. Or will I be charged with perjury?” questioned the journalist. “The greatest disappointment would be if our authorities were to accept this insult without reacting.”…
The Americans have offered to release the report, but Italy is blocking its publication while the Government works out its response….
It comes a very bad time for Signor Berlusconi, just when he’s reforming his Government after disastrous losses in regional election,” Owen said. “It will also increase pressure on him to withdraw Italian troops as soon as possible.”
Or how about the terrorist newspaper Al Jazeera with this headline:
U.S. clears soldiers who murdered Italian agent in Iraq
I’m sure there will be more “outrage” in the days to come by the communists windbags in Italy so stay tuned….more hilarity to come.