March 06, 2005

Giuliana Sgrena’s car: 300+ bullets? I don't think so!

By now, everyone has seen the story about Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena's release by terrorists in Iraq, and how her car was allegedly shot up by US forces. Sgrena claims that US GIs shot between 300 and 400 rounds into the car, which the US says didn't stop at a checkpoint. Sgrena was winged in the shoulder, and the Italian Secret Service agent who helped broker her release was killed.

A number of folks -- most notably over at LGF -- have pointed out that the pictures of Sgrena's car don't show much sign of bullet holes, let alone bullets from 300 to 400 rounds.

But take a look, and you be the judge...

The other side of the coin -- US GIs fire more than 300 rounds into a car and you walk away!? I don't think so!

Sgrena's claims don't pass the smell test.

UPDATE: Seems that the car pictured here is not the car that the GIs shot at; according to a more recent Reuters description (seen here with a different shot of the same care), this is the car that Sgrena was originally kidnapped from.

I stand corrected.

But the very idea of her car getting nailed with 300+ rounds and she gets to walk away with a flesh wound smells pretty bad...

Posted by mhking at March 6, 2005 06:03 PM

She's lost her mind. They wouldn't have wasted 300 rounds on her, and she definitely would have gotten more than a simple flesh wound if they did. She would have been in a pine box.

Posted by: Expertise at March 6, 2005 06:54 PM

shes an anti war journalist, I guess she wants to give Eason Jorda'sn words some credibility

Posted by: shari at March 7, 2005 04:08 AM

There is no way this woman is walking around talking if we had really wanted her dead.

Posted by: BobG at March 7, 2005 07:27 AM

On the flight to Rome she told her boyfriend "she'd picked up a handful of bullet casings" from the seat of the car right after the shooting.
Allow me to remind you that bullet casings fall where the gun is shot, not where the bullets are fired to.

She's lying, big time.

Posted by: Fausta at March 7, 2005 10:54 AM

How did she know they fired 300 rounds? She was counting?

Posted by: lottajota at March 7, 2005 09:29 PM


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