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Afghanistan: No more Italian troops

Italy's commitment firm, Defense Minister La Russa says

07 October, 16:36

(ANSA) - Kabul, October 7 - Italy's commitment to the Allied effort in Afghanistan remains firm but there are no plans to increase its troop strength there, Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said on Wednesday.

During a visit to the Italian contingent in the Afghan capital, La Russa said: ''I think that Italy's commitment in Afghanistan is high, very high, and we don't see increasing it''.

He added that the 500 additional troops Italy sent to bolster security during the Afghan recent elections ''will certainly return home'' by Christmas once an eventual run-off vote is held.

''After that we'll see what decisions are made by the international organisations we are members of and where we play an important role in decision-making,'' La Russa said. ''I agree that more international troops are needed in Afghanistan, but this does not mean they necessarily need to be Italian soldiers,'' he added.

''We do our part and are among the major contributors of forces. I believe that a greater effort could be made by those with a lesser commitment and that the involvement of other countries would be opportune,'' the Italian defense minister said.

Aside from the 500 troops Italy deployed for the election, it maintains a contingent of some 2,800 troops in Afghanistan, the fifth-largest in the NATO-led ISAF mission.

Debate about Italy's presence in Afghanistan heated up after six Italian soldiers were killed in an attack in Kabul in September.

photo: La Russa with Italian troops

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