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Deadly Incident in Iraq Strains U.S.-Italian Relations

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Deadly Incident in Iraq Strains U.S.-Italian Relations

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Deadly Incident in Iraq Strains U.S.-Italian Relations

Deadly Incident in Iraq Strains U.S.-Italian Relations

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On Friday, U.S. soldiers manning a checkpoint opened fire on a car carrying Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had just been freed by Iraqi kidnappers. An Italian agent in the car was killed protecting Sgrena, who was wounded. The political fallout from the incident is straining U.S.-Italian relations and is expected to increase public opposition to Italy's deployment of troops to Iraq.