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Italy's shock at soldiers' deaths in Kabul

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Italy’s commitment to the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan still has broad political backing. But on the streets, the deadliest-ever attack on Italian forces in Afghanistan has made some more sceptical about the arguments.

“They always say we are there for peace and against terrorism,” said one elderly man in Italy’s capital. “But they should find a way to get those boys back home because we can’t stay there, shedding blood.” “I fear the choice now will not be to withdraw the troops, but unfortunately to send more,” a woman added. Saying it carried out the blast, the Taliban has spread shock, grief and anger on the streets of Rome. It has also stirred fresh debate about Italy’s continuing role in the Afghan mission.