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Italy Closes Ranks Behind Berlusconi

Politicians and citizens closed ranks Thursday behind Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s vow to stay the course in Iraq after the slaying of an Italian hostage there, and the government worked frantically to save three other Italian captives. The horrifying news seemed to unite a country that is traditionally bitterly divided in its politics and was largely opposed to war in Iraq. The reaction was somewhat similar to when 19 Italians were killed Nov. 12 in southern Iraq — Italy’s worst single military loss since World War II. “All of us must express a very firm condemnation and feel morally and civilly committed to do our part against terrorism,” opposition leader Piero Fassino said Thursday, adding that withdrawing the troops would make Iraq “more out of control.” Full Story

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