Death of Itailans in Libya amps up pressure for intervention

March 4, 2016 6:45 PM

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ROME – The death of two Italian hostages in Libya this week and the liberation of another two have added urgency to calls for Italy to intervene militarily in its former colony.

The U.S. ambassador to Italy, John Philips, said in an interview published Friday that Italy had committed to providing upward of 5,000 troops for an international force, though a U.S. embassy spokesman stressed that he was merely repeating what Italian defense and foreign ministers had said previou...

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