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Italy denies report it paid off Taliban in Afghanistan

Military officials told The Times newspaper that the Italians had been paying the money to local insurgent commanders in Surobi, east of Kabul, to avoid politically-damaging Italian casualties.

However, the secret payments were kept hidden from French commanders who replaced the Italians in mid-2008, leaving them to misjudge disastrously the danger in the district, the paper said.

A month after the Italian troops departed, a lightly armed French patrol was ambushed and surrounded by an estimated 170 fighters. Ten paratroopers were killed and 21 wounded in the bloodiest day for the French forces in 25 years.

French outrage at the attack was heightened with the revelation some of the dead had been mutilated and the later emergence of photos of Taliban fighters posing in captured French uniforms.

Ignazio La Russa, Italian defence minister, dismissed the allegations in the newspaper "absolute rubbish"

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Added: Oct-20-2009 
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  • Italy is a third world shithole...Honestly, the UN is a fucking joke and so is 2/3 of Europe...why do we continue to pretend these fuckwitted, retards are our allies?

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  • France should sue Italy. This could cause major rifts in the EU.
    That whoremonger Berlusconi needs to go now.

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  • well if the taliban excepted these payoffs doesnt that make them infidels and corrupt.

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  • Like the Italians were ever anyones true ally. Our troops should be rounding them up as enemies.

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  • I lived in Italy myself for 3 years. The general populace takes some much shit from the government they dont realize when they are getting screwed in the ass. Just look at their leaders, any one of them alone are worse than Bush/Obama. They have major unemployment, sanitation, and immigration issues. you should see the lies they fabricate on TV with little information on whats fact.

    Funny part is they have a terrible unemployment issue, and they also do not want a new US/Italian joint bas More..

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  • wow the italiens are way smarter than i thought.

    they knew if italian soldiers die. the people will turn on the military operation in a second.

    For those french that died... boohoo war is war as the american e-warriors on here love to say.

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