posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 08:42 PM
The Italian PM, Silvio Berlusconi, has planned to remove troops from Iraq on Tuesday. Part of the "Coalition of the Willing", Italy is one of the
few nations with power left in Iraq. The President, George Walker Bush, says that this will not weaken the coalition and will not fall apart.
England has already started replacing the Italians removed from Iraq from a base in the Netherlands.
George Bush denied that his "coalition of the willing" in Iraq was crumbling after the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, phoned him
yesterday to discuss his planned withdrawal of Italy's 3,000 service personnel.
The Italians are based in Nassiriya, part of the British-run sector. The British force has already had to put 650 personnel into a gap left by the
withdrawal of soldiers from the Netherlands
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The coalition is falling apart some more, after Spain left and Germany and Russia decided not to participate. According to Bush the coalition is not
falling apart, but it is becoming smaller. Will this lead to more nations pulling out or will it bolster the remaning members of the coaltion to help
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