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From Iraq to Lebanon: the risks for the Italian military after the killing of Soleimani
the BERLIN - The attack of the Usa against Qasem Soleimani and the other commanders of the militias and the shiite in Iraq unleash an escalation of tension that involves, in part, also military contingents in italy. The Defense has raised to the maximum level of safety measures in the bases. The relations between our Country and the islamic Republic have always been fairly cordial, and in a moment such as this, the traditional willingness of the Italian to do the "bridge" between different cultures and the never missing trade links appear to be an element of reassurance. But the possibility that the military of our armed Forces are considered "western" tout court, or exchanged for the americans, becoming the object of retaliation, remains concrete. Iraq, Italy has a contingent of police in Baghdad, with the task of training the iraqi police: the military enjoy the appreciation of local and operate in protected environments, with a policy of low profile. A severe worsening of the situation might suggest one of their early return. The situation is different for the contingent of special troops, deployed between the capital and the north, with a base in Kirkuk. The operating conditions for the so-called Task Force 44 may become more risky after the attack the Usa, the widespread presence all over the Iraq military, shia, starting from the Hashd el Shaabi that Baghdad has integrated at least in part in its Armed Forces. Less worries aroused by the presence of trainers in Erbil, in Kurdistan, and the contingent aircraft in Kuwait. In all, Iraq 926 the Italian military, more other 14, including in the european missions, and Nato.
Lebanon, Italy has the command and a key role in the international mission Unifil, which provides for the interposition between the troops of Israel and the shiite lebanese Hezbollah on the "blue line". The Un mandate requires the military to intervene only when requested by the lebanese army, which has often sparked controversy, but in this moment, it is element of the warranty. The "party of God" that threatens heavy retaliation, anti-american, has always expressed gratitude, and the proximity to Italy. But the possibility of a rekindling of the clashes between Israel and Hezbollah is very real. In Unifil are framed 1.250 Italian military, the other 140 can be present within the scope of the mission of a bilateral training Mibil.
Afghanistan, Italy has the responsibility of the quadrant West, right on the border with Iran. The contingent deployed in Herat has always been able to enjoy good relations with the local communities, in the great majority, the shia, and connected with the islamic Republic. The mission Resolute Support (which has replaced the Isaf at its exhaustion) provides assistance and training, not military intervention to direct the exposure to the risk is considered reduced. The Rs accommodates a maximum of 800 Italian military base in Herat, and a small contingent in the headquarters in Kabul.
the Emirates In the base At Minhad, Dubai operates a department of Aeronautics that assists the air assets of national and allies, with about 106 military. The work takes place exclusively within the air base, and does not appear to present excessive risks.

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