Thousands of soldiers will be deployed in Italy’s main cities from today, in a bit to boost the fight against crime.
The six month operation includes Rome, Naples, Turin and Milan.
The soldiers will carry small arms and will not wear body armour according to Captain Giuseppe Bonaddio who added:
“It is not the first time the Army has looked after security and public order. I remember Sicily’s anti-Mafia operation after the murders of the judges Falcone and Borsellino in the 1990’s and Operation Domino after 9-11.”
Some troops will also guard immigrant detention centres, like this one at Lampedusa.
Centre-right Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vowed to tackle crime when he was re-elected in April.
But the centre-left opposition have dismissed the operation as a PR exercise.