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Italy to withdraw 400 Afghan troops

Italy’s ruling coalition agreed Tuesday to withdraw as many as 400 soldiers from Afghanistan, dealing another blow to U.S.-led military efforts overseas, according to reports. The government already has committed to pulling out all its troops from Iraq by year’s end. Premier Romano Prodi’s coalition approved pulling out as many as 400 of Italy’s 1,300 troops in Afghanistan. The remaining soldiers will focus on civil duties, Communist Refoundation member Giovanni Russo Spena said after lawmakers met with Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema and other officials, the ANSA and Apcom news agencies reported. Full Story

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