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Giuliana Sgrena (3)

Tuesday 8th March 2005

Why would the Americans want to murder a Western journalist who had been kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq?

The White House dismissed Sgrena's suggestion she was deliberately targeted.

``It's absurd to make any such suggestion, that our men and women in uniform would target individual citizens,'' White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

Leaving aside the details of what happened on Friday, the Americans had a very strong motive for wanting her dead.

Here are some of the stories she was filing from Iraq: courageously going where other Western journalists did not dare to go and reporting on the terrible things that she saw and learned.

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