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Investigation Finds Italian Officer's Death a 'Tragic Accident'

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2005 – Army investigators have recommended that no disciplinary action be taken against U.S. soldiers in the March 4 killing of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced April 30. Calipari's death, according to a recently completed Army investigation, was wholly unintentional and not attributable to negligence by the soldiers.

"This was a tragic accident and the coalition expresses its deepest sympathies to the Calipari family," said Brig. Gen. Peter Vangjel in a statement. Vangjel was appointed by Lt. Gen. John R. Vines on March 8 to investigate the accident. Vines commands Multinational Corps Iraq.

Vangjel completed his investigation, under the auspices of Army Regulation 15-6, on April 29. Vines concurred with Vangjel's recommendation that no disciplinary action be taken against any soldier.

The March 4 incident resulted in Calipari's death. Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena and a driver were wounded in the incident.

"The Italian military is making significant contributions every day to help secure the future of Iraq," said Army Gen. George W. Casey, commanding general of Multinational Force Iraq, "and we are proud to be serving beside them."

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