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Italian Court Issues Arrest Warrants for CIA Team

An Italian court has issued arrest warrants for a team of CIA operatives in connection with the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric from Milan in 2003.

Italian judicial authorities say a team of 22 CIA agents grabbed Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr - also known as Abu Omar - off a Milan street and flew him to Egypt for interrogation, as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program. Authorities say it is likely the man was tortured during the interrogation.

Prosecutors had sought to extradite the CIA agents earlier this year. Prosecutors say that the cleric's abduction was a serious violation of Italian sovereignty, and that it hindered Italian terrorism investigations.

In July, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi summoned the U.S. ambassador and demanded that the United States fully respect his country's sovereignty.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.