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5 Italian Soldiers Wounded by Explosion in Iraq

Italy's defense ministry says the wounded soldiers were evacuated by U.S. military helicopters to a hospital. Italy's defense ministry says the wounded soldiers were evacuated by U.S. military helicopters to a hospital.  | 

Created: November 10, 2019 12:44 PM

ROME (AP) - Italy's defense ministry says five Italian soldiers have been wounded by the explosion of a device in Iraq.

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The ministry said three of the wounded were in "grave condition" in the blast of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as they were passing by Sunday morning.

It didn't say where it occurred. The statement said an Italian special forces team was carrying out "mentoring and training" of Iraqi armed forces involved in the "fight against Islamic State group."

The wounded soldiers were evacuated by U.S. military helicopters to a hospital. Italian state TV said they are in a Baghdad hospital.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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