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ITALIAN HOSTAGE 'KILLED'
Sky News ^ | 8/26/04

Posted on 08/26/2004 3:45:52 PM PDT by areafiftyone

The kidnappers of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, taken hostage in Iraq, have said that they have killed him, Al Jazeera has reported.     

The television station said it had received footage showing Mr Baldoni after he had been killed.

A group called the Islamic Army in Iraq had claimed to have seized Mr Baldoni, who disappeared near Najaf several days ago.   

The kidnappers were calling for Italy to withdraw its 2,700 troops from Iraq, the third largest foreign military contingent in the country, but Italy has refused.    

It said it killed Mr Baldoni because of the refusal, Al Jazeera reported.    

As well as reporting for Italian newspapers, Mr Baldoni was volunteering for the Red Cross while in Iraq.      

He and his driver-interpreter were reportedly caught in an ambush between Baghdad and Najaf. His driver was found dead on Saturday.      

Mr Baldoni's daughter Gabriella Baldoni, said: "He was trying to save human lives in Najaf by helping a Red Cross convoy in a spirit of solidarity which has always underscored his thinking and his actions." 

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said of the killing: "There are no words for an inhuman act which all at once wipes out centuries of civilisation and returns us to the dark times of barbarism."

Four other Italians have been taken hostage in Iraq since militants began employing the technique in April to pressure US allies and businesses to leave the country.

One of them, civilian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was shot dead, while three others were released unharmed.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berlusconi; enzobaldoni; fabrizioquattrocchi; hostages; iraq; islamicarmyiniraq; islamicarmyofiraq; italy; muslims; quattrocchi; redcross; religionofpieces
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1 posted on 08/26/2004 3:45:52 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

The Italians need to come back and let them know that
they are increasing their commitment
of troops, and they will do it every time this happens.

Another son of Italy dead.


2 posted on 08/26/2004 3:50:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: areafiftyone

I just can't think of anything to say. God Damn these evil monsters.


3 posted on 08/26/2004 3:50:40 PM PDT by johnb838 (John F'n Kerry: If you have to say you're cool (or a war hero), you're not.)
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To: areafiftyone

Muchos Gracias Espana


4 posted on 08/26/2004 3:51:42 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: areafiftyone

*sigh* You just can't live in a perfect world can you?


5 posted on 08/26/2004 3:52:05 PM PDT by BlindGuardian (I found a Wanted sign and turned myself in...)
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To: areafiftyone
Sheeeese...... these guys are an affront to the human race. This reminds me- what ever came of the soldier who they claimed was shot in the head. Last I heard the military was noncommittal as to whether he was executed or not. Something about poor video quality. Anyone know??
6 posted on 08/26/2004 3:52:12 PM PDT by daylate-dollarshort
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To: areafiftyone
they have killed him, Al Jazeera has reported.

Like this was a big surprise. Got to give the Italians credit for standing their ground.

7 posted on 08/26/2004 3:53:28 PM PDT by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: All
Brave Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Now I'll show you how an Italian dies!"

I hope Enzo Baldoni showed them exactly the same kind of Italian courage.

And moreso, I hope the Italian government doubles their troop numbers in Iraq to show them how Italy avenges the death of one of their own!

I'm going to email the Italian consulate with my condolences and my encouragement for their continued support in the WOT and in Iraq.

8 posted on 08/26/2004 3:57:14 PM PDT by BagCamAddict (I support my Troops and my President!)
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To: johnb838

No need to cuss....just get the target in the cross hairs, hold your breath, squeeze, exhale, aquire next target....


9 posted on 08/26/2004 3:59:03 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (q)
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To: areafiftyone

SOB's!!


10 posted on 08/26/2004 4:00:20 PM PDT by blam
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To: areafiftyone

I find myself quoting 'The Godfather' more and more....

"We need a wartime Consigliere. A Sicilian!!!"


11 posted on 08/26/2004 4:02:05 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: farmfriend

We should level Najif and Fallujah in response.


12 posted on 08/26/2004 4:04:27 PM PDT by hershey
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To: areafiftyone

Deepest condolences to his family. The story indicates execution--does that mean beheaded and will the godawful event be posted on the internet (hopefully not)?


13 posted on 08/26/2004 4:06:39 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: hershey

One holy shrine per beheading (or killing, bombing etc.)


14 posted on 08/26/2004 4:06:56 PM PDT by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: HitmanNY

Not many Arabs remain in Sicily.

There's a reason for it, too.


15 posted on 08/26/2004 4:11:29 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Freakin' contaminated pond-scum. May they all die horribly and soon.

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

16 posted on 08/26/2004 4:12:58 PM PDT by mhking (Why is every city in Iraq a "Holy City?")
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To: Unknowing

Yep, I am aware. If there is one group more vengeful (yet maturely vengeful) than our Arab friends, its our Sicilian friends.

I say that as an Italian American of 100% Sicilian descent! ;-)


17 posted on 08/26/2004 4:13:07 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: HitmanNY

18 posted on 08/26/2004 4:14:30 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: All

A video image shows Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni who has been killed by his kidnappers, the Arabic language television channel Al Jazeera reported on August 26, 2004. In this image taken from footage shot on August 15, 2004, Baldoni is seen reporting from Najaf in front of a joint operation between the Italian Red Cross and the Iraqi Red Crescent. REUTERS/Reuters TV
19 posted on 08/26/2004 4:15:34 PM PDT by saquin
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To: farmfriend
"One holy shrine per beheading (or killing, bombing etc.)"

I don't consider anythin muslim to be holy.

20 posted on 08/26/2004 4:16:11 PM PDT by realpatriot (This tagline intentionally left blank, so quit reading it)
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To: mhking

Bastards


21 posted on 08/26/2004 4:17:38 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: cyborg

Thanks! I needed that! ;-)


22 posted on 08/26/2004 4:19:51 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: HitmanNY

Don't leave home without it.


23 posted on 08/26/2004 4:22:04 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: HitmanNY

Ciao, Paisano.

"There are no words for an inhuman act which all at once wipes out centuries of civilisation and returns us to the dark times of barbarism."

Sounds like the leadership in Italy knows what to do.


24 posted on 08/26/2004 4:22:19 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: johnb838

I hate them all! Prayers going out to this guy's family.


25 posted on 08/26/2004 4:26:10 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: cyborg

Hahaha! ;-)


26 posted on 08/26/2004 4:26:48 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: areafiftyone

So, they killed a JOURNALIST. That speaks volumes about their desperation. Sadr was able to get the previous ones set free.

They officially just bit the hand that feeds them.


27 posted on 08/26/2004 4:28:34 PM PDT by RobRoy (You only "know" what you experience. Everything else is mere belief.)
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To: Unknowing

Italians are very cultured, well spoken, even tempered, and amiable, on balance.

But when provoked, it gets quite serious. When they have to kick it up oldschool, they know exactly what to do.

Like Kramer said on Seinfeld once, "If I don't like you buddy, you got problems!" ;-)


28 posted on 08/26/2004 4:28:44 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: HitmanNY

You're right. I only needed to see my father get angry once. Once was enough thanks.


29 posted on 08/26/2004 4:30:08 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: areafiftyone

My condolences to the Baldoni family and to Italy.

The terrorist scum hate the strong.


30 posted on 08/26/2004 4:34:14 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: cyborg

I know what you mean. I have a strong reputation as being a smiling and happy guy, even when mildly annoyed or provoked a bit. I just don't take life too seriously,what can I say?

I am 100% FBI, as I said, and Sicilian at that. Sure we all get annoyed here and there but I usually roll with it and it passes quickly. Like I said, even tempered.

I am known to hold a grudge, sometimes for decades or more, though its not the 'gnawing' kind - it's the 'they are dead and buried' kind. That is to say, if I was on a boat and someone I grudge fell overboard with arms flailing and sinking fast, my reaction would be to cooly call over a waitress and say 'Excuse me, could you get me an expresso, please? This is going to be good.' :-)

That being said, I have only gotten very angry twice since 1990 or so. In one instance I was so furious my biting verbal attack made an otherwise nice young woman cry! Oh wel, don't get me that angry, I guess...

In both cases I cooled off after a while and made amends to avoid extended hostilities (even if I kept the grudge going). But the lesson was learned (and remembered) by all - HitmanNY is one mean dude when he has to be!

That's Italia! ;-)


31 posted on 08/26/2004 4:38:02 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: areafiftyone

 


32 posted on 08/26/2004 4:42:51 PM PDT by Fintan (I don't need to know what it looks like to know what it looks like.)
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To: tet68; areafiftyone
Another son of Italy dead.


Enrico Baldoni

From Corriere della Sera, one of the lesser 'liberal' newspapers in Italy.

ROMA - Il presidente del Senato Marcello Pera ha definito l'uccisione di Enzo Baldoni come "un altro episodio della guerra del terrorismo fanatico contro ogni principio di civilta'''. Ribadendo l'impegno contro il terrorismo Pera ha anche rivolto il suo cordoglio e la sua solidarieta' alla famiglia Baldoni. (Agr)

Senator Marcello Pera defined that the murder of Enzo Baldoni as "another episode in the fanatical war of terrorism against every principle of civilization". He extends his sympathy to the Baldoni family.

33 posted on 08/26/2004 4:54:55 PM PDT by NYer (When you have done something good, remember the words "without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).)
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To: areafiftyone
God Bless this Brave man Soul and Damn the terrorist to hell
34 posted on 08/26/2004 5:08:29 PM PDT by solo gringo (Don't be a girlie man vote for Bush/Chenny in o4)
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To: areafiftyone

They are insects. I won't even call them animals anymore. Prayers for this man's family. God rest his soul.

Prairie


35 posted on 08/26/2004 5:09:40 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (sKerry is sKrewwy.)
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To: BagCamAddict

Is this one of the Italians that was captured with Quattrocchi or did they release them and capture this man another time?


36 posted on 08/26/2004 6:04:11 PM PDT by texasflower (in the event of the Rapture, the Bush White House will be unmanned.)
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To: texasflower

He wasn't captured with Quattrocchi... Baldoni was only captured a few days ago. There's a picture of Baldoni at post #19 showing him as he was helping the Red Cross on August 15th.

The three Italians who were captured along with Quattrocchi were released after Quattrocchi was murdered.


37 posted on 08/26/2004 6:42:45 PM PDT by BagCamAddict (I support my Troops and my President!)
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To: areafiftyone

A person is killed in a car accident.

A person is murdered by the premeditated act of violence against an unarmed civilian.

Shame on the editors of this "headline"

Shame


38 posted on 08/26/2004 6:50:39 PM PDT by PokeyJoe (The plural for RAT is RATS, not RATICS)
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To: NYer

I will send them a letter of condolence and support.

Here is the Email of the Italian Embassy in Washington.

stampa@itwash.org


39 posted on 08/26/2004 6:51:13 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Thank you for that information.

I just sent a condolances (and thanks for being a partner against terrorism) email.

Bump so others might do the same.


40 posted on 08/26/2004 6:58:47 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: BagCamAddict

Thank you. Somehow I missed hearing about this kidnapping.


41 posted on 08/26/2004 6:58:58 PM PDT by texasflower (in the event of the Rapture, the Bush White House will be unmanned.)
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To: Unknowing

Wonderful place, Sicily. Wonderful people there, too.


42 posted on 08/26/2004 7:45:34 PM PDT by combat_boots (Dug in and not budging an inch)
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To: Walkingfeather

43 posted on 08/26/2004 9:03:48 PM PDT by HawkeyeLonewolf (Christian First, American Second (Conservative Anti-Smoker))
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To: areafiftyone

Why the hell aren't ALL journalists implanted with RFID chips? It's like we haven't made any damn progress at all with this crap since the Lebanon hostages in the 1980s. Disgusting ignorance of cheap and easily usuable technology.


44 posted on 08/26/2004 11:40:55 PM PDT by montag813
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To: areafiftyone

Condolences sent.


45 posted on 08/27/2004 12:09:03 AM PDT by Khurkris (Proud Scottish/HillBilly - We perfected "The Art of the Grudge")
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To: montag813

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said of the killing: "There are no words for an inhuman act which all at once wipes out centuries of civilisation and returns us to the dark times of barbarism."



anything else to say? welcome to the year 1,400


46 posted on 08/27/2004 12:34:37 AM PDT by Irishguy (John Kerry Speak: I didnt not throw anything i threw, but i did.., Yes i dont agree but i dont ...)
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To: areafiftyone
I think it's time we start " beheading " some Shrines and remove that dome, sell the gold and pay off any victims family explaining that this religion "didnt work" and therefor not needed in a world of too much violence. If the real Muslims don't take offense that a bunch of thugs have hijacked their religion, then they werent worth a sh*t in the first place and its time to move on to something that works for their people.
47 posted on 08/27/2004 1:36:03 AM PDT by Searching4Justice
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To: areafiftyone
I don't care how many times it's said or who says it, Islam is NOT a peaceful religion. It is a whacked-out mental disorder and barbaric death cult.

These people should all be either converted by the Cross or killed by the sword!!!

And...given that swords are generally only used in parades these days, AC130 gunships, F117s and MOABs will do the trick quite nicely.

48 posted on 08/27/2004 5:53:22 AM PDT by TonyRo76 (Proud to be a part of the Reagan Generation. God Bless America!!)
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To: areafiftyone

Prayers from a fellow Italian for a speedy entrance into paradise... Theologians in the Church have provided supporting arguments that victims like Mr. Baldoni and those who died in 9/11 can be classified as "martyrs" for the faith, since they are targeted largely based on their Judeo-Christian persuasion ...


49 posted on 08/27/2004 8:49:47 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: HitmanNY

My father is Sicilian/Calabrese. He's the kindest and one of the most compassionate people you will ever meet.

I grew up dreading the Evil Eye, but cherishing the affection of a father who I always knew would be in my corner...

Just don't piss him off.


50 posted on 08/27/2004 9:00:19 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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