Italy denies Taleban bribes

The Italian government has denied allegations by The Times of a deal struck with Italian soldiers in Afghanistan and local insurgent groups. The newspaper reports of a Taleban commander from the Sarobi region explaining how the deal was reached — and how it came apart, leading to the fighting in which ten French soldiers died. Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa gave a short press conference in which he stated that the claims were untrue and that The Times had merely reported “trash” (spazzatura) He added that either the Ministry or the Italian government would duly sue for false allegations.
source: reuters

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