Is time running out for an Italian journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan?
It is thought that today marks the end of a deadline set by the Taliban for Rome to meet its demands. In an audio recording a voice, said to be that of Daniele Mastrogiacomo, urged authorities to act, saying otherwise he would be killed.
His captors have called for Italy to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan – something Rome rules out. “We are not negotiating with the Taliban,” Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema told reporters.