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Taliban urge Italian troop pullout to free reporter

The Taliban called on Saturday for the withdrawal of Italian troops from Afghanistan to pave the way for the release of an Italian reporter they are holding on charges of spying. The Taliban said on Friday they would free Daniele Mastrogiacomo of the newspaper La Repubblica if he could prove he was not a spy. Mullah Hayatullah Khan, a Taliban spokesman, said the Taliban changed their mind after Italian lower house of parliament voted in favour of keeping Italian troops in Afghanistan. Full Story

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