Iraqi troops foil Italian embassy attack




 
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November 21st, 2005  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Iraqi troops foil Italian embassy attack


BAGHDAD, Nov 19 (AFP) - Iraqi forces have thwarted a planned attack on the
Italian embassy in Baghdad, the US military said Saturday.

An Iraqi army patrol arrested five insurgents on Tuesday "who had been
planning an attack on the Italian embassy in Baghdad," said a statement,
adding that two vehicles destined to be used in the attack were also seized.


The Iraqi defence ministry announced Tuesday that its troops had dismantled
a cell plotting to "kill an ambassador" in Iraq, without elaborating.

"Iraqi forces carried out a raid on a terrorist hideout and arrested five
elements who were preparing to assassinate the ambassador of a country
friendly with Baghdad," said a statement last week.

Italy has some 3,000 soldiers in southern Iraq near Nasiriyah and has
promised to keep them there until the end of 2006.