Thursday, November 13, 2003

At least 14 Italians among 22 dead in Iraq suicide bombing: "An explosion rocked the headquarters of Italian police in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, killing at least 14 Italians, police said in Rome. The blast also killed eight Iraqis and wounded at least 14... Italy has sent about 2300 troops to help the reconstruction in Iraq... Until yesterday, there had been no combat-related fatalities among Italian troops serving in the multinational force."

There are an estimated 800-900 Australian troops in Iraq. Apparently most of them are in the Baghdad airport area, and thus relatively safe, but it may just be a matter of time before one of them is killed. They should be brought home immediately, Australia unilaterally withdrawing from any involvement whatever in the disastrous war and occupation, except that reparations are owed to the Iraqi people.

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