I figured this was a fabrication. There is no doubt now.
It is also interesting that right after Italy paid the ransom the terrorists fresh with new cash have embarked on their bloodiest terror compaign seen yet. Yep, there reward you gave them surely worked. It only puts more innocent lives at risk. You see, the terrorists are not targeting only Americans, despite what the MSM and other US hating press members tell you, they are targeting the Iraqi people for daring to stand up for themselves. Look at the numbers, the vast majority of the deaths are Iraqi citizens. The terrorists may say they are trying to get rid of the US troops. This is only partially true, the other half of their mission is to punish the Iraqi people for daring to hold true elctions in the first place.