calipari funeral.jpeg    The body of an Italian secret service agent shot by US forces in Iraq moments after rescuing a hostage has returned to Italian soil.

51-year-old Nicola Calipari died as he shielded journalist Giuliana Sgrena from gunshots fired towards their car.

He had led the efforts to negotiate the release of the correspondent, held captive in Iraq for over a month.

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