Originally posted by Spazz333
Good thing we are killing those dangerous hostages now.
I've been reading reports online and saw some coverage on tv. And from what I gather, the US soldiers had no idea that this un-marked car that was speeding towards their checkpoint on a highly dangerous road wasn't another car bomb. They were never informed of the hostage release and therefore could only treat the situation with their experiences of prior violence.
It was very unfortunate that this happened, which could have been prevented if people had been informed beforehand. A five minute phone call between the Italian agents and their superiors to US command would have more than likely kept this from occuring.
Edit: looking over more reports, nothing has yet been stated if prior knowledge of the hostage rescue was known.
Edit II: from The New York Times
The military did not know that the hostage was in the car, a State Department official in Washington said.
According to a statement released by the United States Army's Third Infantry Division in Baghdad, the soldiers tried to warn the driver to stop before firing at the speeding vehicle's engine block.
"About 9 p.m., a patrol in western Baghdad observed the vehicle speeding towards their checkpoint and attempted to warn the driver to stop by hand-and-arm signals, flashing white lights, and firing warning shots in front of the car," the statement said.
The circumstances of Ms. Sgrena's release remain murky, and Italian officials have shed no light on how, or from whom, she was released.
Mr. Berlusconi said that American troops had taken Ms. Sgrena to an American hospital to remove shrapnel from her left shoulder and that she had told an Italian government official on the telephone that "I am well."
The American military did not say whether she was still in Baghdad or had been moved elsewhere. People seriously wounded here are often treated at a military hospital in the heavily fortified Green Zone on the west bank of the Tigris River and, if needed, are flown on a C-130 transport plane to Germany.
The shooting occurred as the Italians were driving toward Baghdad International Airport and the headquarters of the American command here. Insurgents regularly detonate roadside bombs and shoot at military and civilian vehicles along the five-mile-long road to the airport. American soldiers across Iraq are wary of speeding cars approaching checkpoints or convoys.