Italy to pull out of Iraq in 2006

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  1. 2006, it says. It's not a shock in the slighest. Are they going to be replaced by anyone else though?
  2. msr

    msr LE

    Is there any need to?

  3. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Exactly the right question. No, there isn't; their work there is done.
  4. Apologies for the typo

    Less haste more speed
  5. We can't guarantee on the Dutch coming - they're getting cold feet over their promises to Afgahnistan!
  6. We'll need someone else to wander round HQ MND(SE) in sunglasses with their shirts open and little gay beards if they go.
  7. What the "i ties" have little gay beards, never, I don't believe you!!!! :lol:
  8. Does young will take it the Istallions have just recieved their new APCs
    ya know (embarrasement setting in )
    The ones with one forward and six, no seven reverse gears.
  9. The Italians used to escort the Dutch Fuel Tankers in Afghanistan, they would turn up in their crappy armoured cars, get out and sit on top in their silk cravats and mirrored sun glasses. Definitly didnt look the part!
  10. Hmmm i see that is all the italians have done there in your eyes.............good to know
  11. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    At least they have stuck at it until they could leave with honour - more than some countries. The Iraqis needed support, and the Italians helped them. Good for them.

    I would not however comment on their effectiveness as Soldiers, as they were not really tested during their time here. THey do have some very nifty hats, though. Bersagliari with black c*ck's feathers in their helmets, and the current Bde, with their rather fetching red jellybag hats (like a sort of oversized beret) complete with long gold string and a big tassel on the end - fantastic!
  12. Well said, OldSnowy. As easy as it is to make fun of the Italians -- and they do it themselves! -- their discipline and effectiveness should not be underestimated. Remember Beirut 1983? Between the Americans, French, and Italians, the Italians were the most effective at completing their mission.