Three soldiers are in a private prognosis and are currently in a military hospital in Baghdad. The most severe reported internal bleeding; another has lost a few fingers of one foot and the third has very serious injuries to both legs, which have been partially amputated. The other two soldiers involved in the explosion reported only minor fractures and minor injuries. The soldiers were carrying out mentoring and training activities for the benefit of the Iraqi security forces engaged in the fight against Daesh
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Explosive attack on Italian soldiers in Iraq: five wounded. Three are in confidential prognosis and currently hospitalized in a military hospital in Baghdad. Of the three, the most severe reported internal bleeding; another has lost a few fingers of one foot and the third has very serious injuries to both legs, which have been partially amputated. The other two soldiers involved in the explosion, on the other hand, reported only minor fractures and minor injuries.
The note of Defense
"In the morning of today (November 10th, ed.) – reads a note from the Defense – a craft explosive device detonated to the passage of a mixed team of Italian Special Forces in Iraq. The team was carrying out mentoring and training activities for the benefit of the Iraqi security forces engaged in the fight against Daesh ".
The Italian commandos were together with the Peshmerga
The attack against the Italian soldiers – according to what was learned from the ANSA – took place around 11 am, in the area of Suleymania, in Iraqi Kurdistan. The commandos of the task force present in that area, who were carrying out a support activity to a unit of special forces of the Peshmergas, were involved. The five wounded, again according to what has been learned, are three Navy raiders (belonging to the Goi, the raid operating group) and two of the Army (9 / o Col Moschin).
Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini was promptly made aware of what happened by the Chief of Defense Staff, General Enzo Vecciarelli.
Informed Mattarella and Conte
Guerini, defense sources explain, is following "with attention and apprehension" the developments of what happened. The minister immediately informed the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. The Head of State – reads a note from the Quirinale – "having heard the news of the very serious attack against the Italian military contingent in Iraq, he sent the Minister of Defense, the Hon. Lorenzo Guerini, and to the Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Enzo Vecciarelli, a message of solidarity for the wounded soldiers ». Proximity to wounded soldiers was also claimed by Conte. The President of the Council, reads a note from Palazzo Chigi, "continues to constantly and carefully follow the situation". On Monday afternoon, November 11th, the head of the Government will participate in the meeting of the Supreme Defense Council, then meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Villa Pamphilj.