Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Italian troops are gearing up to take over patrolling the Paktia region in Eastern Afghanistan.

About 500 Italians will stay at Bagram and the remaining 500 special forces soldiers, paratroopers and other soldiers specially trained in mountain warfare will take over in mid-March from Americans at Camp Salerno, a coalition base near the eastern town of Khost in Paktia province.

However no date has been fixed for replacement. The Italians would be deployed in Khost for a minimum of six months.

"They'll be doing the same work that the Americans are doing now, patrolling near the (Pakistani) border," Piani told reporters at Bagram.

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