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Italy calls for 'sufficient forces' to remain in Afghanistan

'Bad guys still out there' says Di Paola at NATO summit

Italy calls for 'sufficient forces' to remain in Afghanistan

Brussels, February 21 - Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola told a NATO summit Thursday that it is too soon to say when all forces should return from the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. "We can't say 'let's all go home'" at the end of the mission "because the bottom line is the bad guys are still out there," said Di Paola. "We must maintain sufficient armed forces capable of dealing with instability risks". As other nations, including the United States, cut back on their operations in Afghanistan, Italy is expected to keep a training contingent in the country.

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