The companion of freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena said Saturday the shooting by US troops had been deliberate.
'The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming,' Pier Scolari said on leaving Rome's Celio military hospital...His account is confirmed by another news report -quoting Sgrena:
'They were 700 meters (yards) from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints.' 'Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive,' he added." [Source]
Sgrena told Rome prosecutors Franco Ionta and Pietro Saviotti that the shots didn't come from soldiers standing at a checkpoint.
"It wasn't a checkpoint, but a patrol that started shooting after pointing some lights in our direction,'' the Ansa news agency cited Sgrena as telling the prosecutors. "We hadn't previously encountered any checkpoint and we didn't understand where the shots came from.'' [Source]
Convniently, the car in which Segrena was wounded and the Italian intelligence officer slain - cannot be found:
When The Associated Press in Baghdad asked the U.S. military to see the vehicle on Saturday, the military said it didn't know where it was. [Source]