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Five Italian soldiers injured in an explosion in Iraq

(B2) Five Italian soldiers were injured in an improvised explosive device explosion in Iraq on Sunday evening (November 10), it was announced the Italian general staff. The incident occurred around 11 a.m. in the Sulaymaniyah region

As part of the coalition against Daesh

The device exploded aafter the passage of a mixed team of Italian special forces in Iraq ". Officially, the team was there for a mission to “ Iraqi security forces training » within the « coalition for the fight against Daesh », Rome not having authorized combat missions.

Special forces engaged alongside the peshmerga

The wounded belong to Task Force 44, based in Kirkuk, which brings together the Italian special forces present in Iraq: three were from the GOI of the Navy and two from the 9th Parachute Assault Regiment Col Moschin. A priori, they were not really in a training situation, but in a 'mentoring' very committed. According to the agency HANDLE, they were on patrol in Iraqi Kurdistan and operate alongside men from the Peshmerga special tactical unit.

Three seriously injured, two slightly injured

The soldiers caught in the explosion were rescued and evacuated with " American helicopters belonging to the coalition » in order to be all hospitalized in “ a role 3 hospital [in Baghdad] where they receive appropriate care ».

Of five soldiers, two were slightly injured, but three are in " serious condition but do not risk their lives. The families of the soldiers have been informed ». « One would have lost a few fingers of one foot, another would have suffered the partial amputation of the legs and the third an internal haemorrhage. according to Ansa.

On the sidelines of the meeting of EU foreign ministers, the head of European diplomacy expressed her “ worry » and affirmed « closely monitor the situation ". The Italians had already suffered an attack, this time in Somalia (Three Italian soldiers from EUTM Somalia injured in a bomb attack).

(CG, st. with NGV)

Updated at 23 p.m. with details of the attack.

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