Foreign relations / Security and defence

Italy to send 280 military advisers and trainers in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti told the Defense and External Affairs Committees of the Parliament that 280 military advisers and trainers in Iraqi Kurdistan to support the local Authorities in their fight against the Islamic State.

Italy will also send weapons, some of which were seized during the Balkan Wars, support planes and drones.

Only the Five Stars Movement voiced some opposition, citing Article 11 of the Italian Constitution according to which “Italy repudiates war”.

The intelligence services recently reported that IS agents could attempt to infiltrate Italy through the Sicily Channel.

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