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Italy to send in troops to tackle Sardinian 'terror' fires

Italy is sending soldiers to help quell fires that have raged for weeks on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, the heart of the island’s luxury tourist industry. A company of the Brigata Sassari, the regiment based in Sardinia, recently returned from Iraq, is to be mobilised to deal with a menace that has driven tourists into the sea to be rescued by the Italian navy. The fires, which have been started by what the Interior Minister, Giuseppe Pisanu, called “eco-terrorists”, have repeatedly come within sight of Villa Certosa, the palatial holiday home of the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. Three bomb alerts in two days this week on the island – all of which turned out to be hoaxes – have also heightened tension and raised fears that both the fires and the hoaxes are part of a larger campaign to drive tourism, the mainstay of Sardinia’s economy, out of the island. Full Story

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