Eyeties gap it

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  1. Cutaway

    Cutaway LE Reviewer

    Berlusconi announced this evening that he has instructed the Eyetie MOD to begin troop withdrawals from Iraq in September.

    Italy supplies the fourth largest contingent to the coalition, and Berlusconi claims that the public are tired of the war and want the troops back.

    They have lost twenty-eight troops during their deployment, the latest being today when a soldier had an ND with his own weapon and managed to shoot himself.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4352259.stm


     
  2. Hopefully by September the Iraqi's can take over the Italian area [they should be able to].
     
  3. Australian PM last week announced an increase to Australian troops of an extra 450 who will be tasked with protecting the Japs. This has predictably not gone down well with the WW2 vets but makes sense. Without protection the Japs would withdraw as well.

    Is anyone very surprised by the Eytie decision?
     
  4. in other news, shares in the white flag industry plummet

    but seriously, I think most of the top brass will have seen this coming a milf off, and have probaly already put in motion the steps 2 cover the italian ao
     
  5. Cutaway

    Cutaway LE Reviewer

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    Some sources have inferred that the Carabineri spat the dummy and decided to return home when they were mistaken for Fusiliers.
    Allegedly.
     
  6. *Twaanng!* the elastic has snapped
     
  7. What do the Japs need protection for? They were paying all the local terrorists off when I was there, they'd only had one mortar attack in 6 months.

    And no, I'm not surprised the Italians decided to leave a war early :lol:
     
  8. So what British Brigade will get spammed with that then????
     
  9. Those are Bersaglieri or 'Chicken Soldiers' as the Iraqis called them.:lol: Carabinieri wear a kind of spray-on blue uniform.

    This won't make a huge difference because, despite the fact that the Italian Joint Task Force was at Bde + strength, they didn't and wouldn't conduct 'security' operations; only 'peacekeeping' and reconstruction, and the reality is that they did precious little of that. The Italian formula for staying out of trouble was to try to avoid leaving their bases if they possibly could.
     
  10. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Of course, the locals already did that last year, for quite a while. Only when directly threatened by MND(SE) with Brits coming in to do the dirty work (e.g. any fighting) did the Eyeties dare to leave their base to re-start patrols and re-enter Nasiriyah. By then luckily all the locals had calmed down a bit.

    Frankly, the sooner they go the better, they are an admin burden and f@ck all use to anyone. Talk up a storm, and do nothing.
     
  11. Increased debate about Bulgaria too reducing its commitment, having suffered a blue-on-blue fatality at hands of US forces on same day as the Italian casualty.
     
  12. full story at http://uk.news.yahoo.com/050316/323/feclp.html
     
  13. Meanwhile, in London British troops (Regular & TA) provide Guards of Honour for the Presdent of our 'glorious ally'.

    Funny old world ..... wonder what'll happen if he drives up to the US embassy this evening at 100mph !.
     
  14. Heyman is talking through his arse. Dhi Qar province has been under the de facto 'control' of Iraqi security forces and Shi-ite Militias since the Americans pulled out in July 2003. The Italians secured their bases - not too well in the case of the Carabinieri - and that was it. They did the occasional vehicle mounted patrol but that was it. Surge ops? Forget them.

    Putting Brits in there would be a mistake now. The locals are used to doing things for themselves and would probably find us too heavy handed.
     
  15. LOL. I'd love to read what the Italian equivalent of arrse would say about us.