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Italian defence minister links 9/11 to deadly attack on Iraq base

Italian Defence Minister Antonio Martino said the “same hand” behind the 9/11 anti-US terror attacks had struck Italy’s base in Nasiriyah, killing 18 Italians and nine Iraqis, as another US soldier died in violence-hit Iraq. The attack on the Italian base — the deadliest anti-coalition strike since the April 9 fall of Baghdad — deterred Japan from sending troops to Iraq, dealing a new blow to US plans to bolster peacekeeping forces. While the Central Intelligence Agency warned that resistance to coalition forces in Iraq could strengthen, US overseer Paul Bremer headed back to Baghdad with proposals to speed up the transition process toward self-rule in Iraq. “For me it is the same hand as for September 11,” blamed on the al-Qaeda terror network, Martino told reporters upon his arrival under tight security at the Italian police base demolished by Wednesday’s suicide truck bombing. Full Story

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