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U.S. Procedures At Iraqi Checkpoints In Spotlight

U.S. forces have set up thousands of checkpoints in Iraq over the past two years in an attempt to stem rampant insecurity and prevent militant attacks. But familiarity has not made it any easier to tell whether approaching vehicles are friend or foe, as the case of the Italian agent shot dead on Baghdad’s airport road has shown. A U.S. inquiry into the March 4 incident, in which the newly freed hostage Giuliana Sgrena and another Italian secret service agent were wounded, has determined that it was a “tragic accident” in which U.S. forces followed correct procedures.Full Story

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