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Defiant Italy won't bow to 'terrorist blackmail', says minister

A defiant Italy said it would not give in to “terrorist blackmail” after the execution of a kidnapped journalist in Iraq by insurgents who demanded that Rome withdraw its troops from the country. “Terrorist blackmail cannot influence us,” Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told a joint parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence as he reported on the killing of journalist Enzo Baldoni. And the minister pledged Rome would remain a resolute partner in the US-led coalition, keeping its 3,000-strong military force in southern Iraq “as long as Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi wants them”, Frattini added. Full Story

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