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Italy report says US shooting of agent in Iraq unintended result of confusion, stress

[JURIST] A report released late Monday by Italian officials on the circumstances of the March 4 shooting of Italian agent Nicola Calipari after an Iraq hostage rescue has challenged a report on the same incident produced by US military investigators. While the US report cleared US soldiers of any wrongdoing [JURIST report] in Calipari's shooting at a US checkpoint, the Italian report contends that there were serious miscommunications among US officials in Iraq, and confusion about the rules of engagement for checkpoints. It concludes that Calipari's killing by US troops was not intentional, but said it was a product of "stress" and the inexperience of the US soldiers. Italian Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini has demanded a full investigation into events [JURIST report]. Read the full Italian report [PDF, in Italian]. Reuters has more.

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