WASHINGTON — The United States and Italy disagreed Friday in the conclusions of a joint investigation into the slaying of an Italian agent by U.S. troops in Iraq, further straining ties between the two allies.
U.S. soldiers killed Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari on March 4 when they opened fire on a car heading for the Baghdad airport. He was escorting Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had just been released by kidnappers.
U.S. officials say the soldiers followed the rules of engagement in firing on the car as it moved toward a checkpoint and should not be punished. Italy disagrees, and has left open the possibility of pursuing the matter in the courts.
"The investigators did not arrive at shared final conclusions even though, after examining jointly the evidence, they did agree on facts, findings and recommendations on numerous issues," the two governments said in a joint statement issued by the U.S. State Department.