Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The War Next Door (Part 8)

As the rebels and Libya's "official" government fight over Misurata, the Italian prime minister has announced, following a conversation with the president of the United States, that Italy will now send fighters to bomb specific targets in Libya.

Internally, this sparked protest from some leaders of the regionalist Northern League, an essential element in the current government's tenuous parliamentary majority. However, as part of NATO Italy has made its air bases available since the beginning of the conflict and also has a small aircraft carrier in the region.

Some of the background of Italy's position is mentioned in our article about the Libyan war, published in the May issue of the online magazine.

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