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Italy To Withdraw (some) Iraq Troops.  
User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/03/15/italy.iraq/index.html

It's not clear to me from the couple of sources I've seen whether this is to be a full or partial pull-out, or perhaps a gradual progression from one to the other. For now it seems to be talk of a 'reduction' of troops, but perhaps a full removal is also in the cards.

I'm not sure whether this has been in the works for a while (the war being of course very unpopular in Italy, as elsewhere.) But the timing makes it look as though last week's accidental shooting is going to be unfortunately costly for the (shrinking) coalition.


Next flight.... who knows.
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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8705 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

Thumbs up, Berlusconi! One more PM whose people never wanted its soldiers to go to Iraq is finally beginning to listen!


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

I wonder how many Iraqi's will have to die because of this.


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 2):
I wonder how many Iraqi's will have to die because of this.

 bored 

Patrick


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

News tonight said it is a partial withdrawal.

Perhaps a simply protest statement from the Italian PM reference the loss of their agent and wounding of the reporter . . . I didn't hear that it would be a complete withdrawal.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
Perhaps a simply protest statement from the Italian PM reference the loss of their agent and wounding of the reporter . .

For the sake of the Iraqi people, I hope it is just that.



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User currently offlineN5176Y From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Will they be sending them to Darfur to assist the French and German troops?

User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3947 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

I recently applied to go out to Iraq to work (based Kuwait) as a friend of mine is out there. Up until recently the recruiters (IAPWWS) were screaming for folks but only a few days ago I received an email back saying that they weren't recruiting anymore and in fact were starting to pull workers out.

Cheers,

Rob K  Wink


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14003 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Actually German military is in Darfur, providing air transport. And for no fullscale UN involvement ask your Chinese and Russian security council members about their vetoes.

Jan


User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 2):
I wonder how many Iraqi's will have to die because of this.

Why do you ask. Are you referring to the greater ratio of Iraqi deaths that Americans will be responsible for as the coalition erodes?

In my opinion, your statement insults the intelligence of the average reader L-188.....


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

Quoting N5176Y (Reply 6):
Will they be sending them to Darfur to assist the French and German troops?

I wasn't aware that anybody was there.

Quoting Airplay (Reply 9):
. Are you referring to the greater ratio of Iraqi deaths that Americans will be responsible for as the coalition erodes?

Since the US forces don't shoot unless they are shot at or the target is an immediate threat, the answer is no.



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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 1):
Thumbs up, Berlusconi! One more PM whose people never wanted its soldiers to go to Iraq is finally beginning to listen!

Yes. But what on earth's the point now, if this were indeed the case?


User currently offlineClipperHawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

At least Berlusconi had the guts to put troops in Iraq and thus fight for what he believed was right. People in the U.S. admire that kind of political courage. Can't say that for Germany's or France's bench warmers.
Thank you.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21570 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

Quoting ClipperHawaii (Reply 12):
At least Berlusconi had the guts to put troops in Iraq and thus fight for what he believed was right. People in the U.S. admire that kind of political courage. Can't say that for Germany's or France's bench warmers.

Didn't France and Germany decide to not fight for what they thought was not right? There's a similar sort of political courage there, IMHO.

-Mir



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User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

According to the BBC, Italy is planning a complete withdrawal from Iraq, not a partial one, but will take into account the ability of the Iraqi (or other nation's) forces to replace them, just like the Spanish troops have done when pulling out last year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4352259.stm

The Italian PM, Mr Berlusconi, has been one of US President George W. Bush's staunchest allies in the US-led war in Iraq. Italy has 3,000 troops in Iraq - the fourth largest foreign contingent.

But, now he said, after speaking to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair he concluded that public opinion in both countries favoured a troop withdrawal. Lately domestic opposition to Italy's involvement in Iraq intensified even further after the killing of an Italian agent by US troops in Baghdad earlier this month.

Mr Berlusconi has said the US must accept responsibility for the shooting of secret service agent Nicola Calipari by US troops in Baghdad on 4 March.

When the Italians will be gone by autumn, the US lead 'coalition of the willing' will be composed of:
-) countries which traditionally feel strongly related to the US: the UK and Australia
-) countries which are heavily depending on the US for their own national security: South Korea, Japan
-) eastern European countries showing their new alliance with the US to their frightening next door neighbour Russia: Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria

I suggest it is time to rename 'the coalition of the willing' into 'the coalition of the opportunists'.

[Edited 2005-03-16 09:04:42]

User currently offlineSimo82 From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

All this is just political propaganda, next month we will have regional elections and Berlusconi knows that most of the Italians want a complete withdraw from Iraq...he is just giving them a reason to vote for him. I wouldn't trust him! He often says one thing an the next day says the opposite!


CIAO
Simo


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1117 times:

Quoting Simo82 (Reply 16):
All this is just political propaganda, next month we will have regional elections and Berlusconi knows that most of the Italians want a complete withdraw from Iraq...he is just giving them a reason to vote for him. I wouldn't trust him! He often says one thing an the next day says the opposite!

Oh, you beat me on this!  Smile



If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
Since the US forces don't shoot unless they are shot at or the target is an immediate threat, the answer is no.

I guess Iraqi babies might vomit on you and Italian journalists might try to interview you. And how about Canadian troops in Afghanistan? Were they an immediate threat too?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63401-2004Sep30.html
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0411/S00025.htm
http://www.iraqbodycount.net/database/
http://www.prisonplanet.com/us_says_...lled_in_iraq_checkpoint_error.html
http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/000794.html

And please don't further insult our intelligence by comparing the people that died under Saddam. Is it OK to kill innocent people if you're the US?


User currently offlineOveLix From Greece, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1082 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 10):
Since the US forces don't shoot unless they are shot at or the target is an immediate threat, the answer is no.

Yeah, right. Yesterday they shot an Iraqi General who was just walking. In the eyes of the US soldiers of course he was carrying a 50mm machine gun on an armoured tank so they killed him. Damn! They were wrong. He was just walking home.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200503/16/eng20050316_177079.html


User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

>>>And please don't further insult our intelligence <<<

It seems you've already done that.



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