Feuding Friends

Already losing allies at home, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may find that his friends abroad have turned cold, too. The U.S. and Italy failed to reach a common conclusion following a joint investigation into a March 4 friendly fire incident in Baghdad, in which U.S. forces killed Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari. Discrepancies in the reconstruction of the shooting — including the speed of the car in which Calipari traveled and disputes over whether U.S. troops used warning signals — meant the U.S. military would not assume responsibility for the death of Calipari, a man hailed as a national hero...

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