Checkpoint Follies

From Holden:

Looks like U.S. military forces have something to hide from the investigation of the checkpoint killing of Italian hero Nicola Calipari.

The U.S. military command in Iraq has blocked two Italian policemen from examining the car in which an Italian intelligence agent was shot to death in Baghdad, a newspaper said Wednesday.


The car, a Toyota Corolla, is reportedly still in American hands, at Baghdad airport where it was originally rented.


Italian authorities say that examining the vehicle is key to assessing what happened on March 4, when U.S. troops opened fire on the car carrying secret service agent Nicola Calipari, another intelligence officer and journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had just been released after a month of captivity in Iraq.

Calipari died on the spot, while the other two were wounded.

Prosecutors investigating the shooting have received photographs of the car, but they want to analyze bullet holes and other elements, according to Corriere.

Meanwhile, in other chekpoint-related news

An Iraqi police officer was killed and two others wounded on Tuesday night at a US military checkpoint northeast of Baghdad, the Iraqi police said.

“The US soldiers in the checkpoint opened fire on a police vehicle after they failed to stop,” said a statement issued by the joint command center for the Iraqi police and the US army in Tikrit.