Came across this today in The Times (British broadsheet) in regards to some rather monumental screw ups by the Italians in Afghanistan that lead to 10 dead, and 23 wounded French servicemen last year, due to no intelligence sharing by the Italians during, and after, their stay in Sarobi, east of Kabul. This was a particularly... nasty attack, which was shown by the mutilated and looted corpses that showed up afterwards. Unsuprisingly, the French public were horrified. Its often been said, you cannot buy an Afghan, you only rent him. And god forbid when that cashflow stops, as the French found out. Overall, i'm fairly disgusted with this, as its effectively a betrayal of the rest of NATO. As stated in the article, the French were made unaware of the fact that the Taleban were about to attack, and the area was hostile - why would they think otherwise, after all? Of course, its hardly suprising that the Italians are denying it, but what other reason could there be for a sudden 150 strong force to mass against a new NATO force, particularly when it had been near enough silent on the Italian overwatch? To be honest, i find it slightly... disturbing, that the Italians omitted to tell any of their allies, and it only came to light due to intercepted telephone conversations. Very scary. Either way, they need a serious dressing down for this one, as due to their stupidity theres 10 dead French personnel. I'd be interested to see other's thoughts on this one as well, o' course.