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Prodi Says He Would Pull Troops From Iraq

The center-left candidate to become Italy’s next prime minister said Monday that he would pull out Italy’s 2,600 troops from Iraq “as soon as possible” if his coalition wins general elections this month. Romano Prodi’s comments came as he squared off against Premier Silvio Berlusconi in their second and last televised debate before national elections April 9-10 determine whether the conservative media mogul remains in power. “When we go to the government we’ll decide for a speedy pullout of the troops, in secure conditions, talking with the Iraqi authorities so not to create situations of risk or danger — which means as soon as possible,” said Prodi. Full Story

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