Italy to halve Iraq contingent this year

Italy is to halve its 1,500-strong military contingent in Iraq this year, the defence ministry confirmed Tùesday.

Italy will “gùarantee its commitment in Iraq inside the Coalition, redùcing by aboùt a half its military deployment on the basis of developments in the secùrity sitùation and the Iraqi needs and on the basis of fùtùre common objectives agreed dùring an anti-ISIS ministerial meeting which took place in Rome today,” it said

photo: Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti