Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Italy: US at fault somehow, but maybe an accident

Italy doesn't believe the US version of events, according to the WaPo article above. See here:
[Italian Foreign Minister] Fini's detailed description of the incident -- 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 mph 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.

The most in-depth US version at this point:
A senior military officer in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that soldiers at the checkpoint reported that Sgrena's car was traveling about 60 mph and had been signaled with a spotlight to stop when it was about 125 yards from the checkpoint.

And if this:

and this:

are the best our troops can do in 10-15 seconds (count it out yourself) of automatic gunfire, someone can't shoot.

Photos courtesy Little Green Footies.

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