Iraq policy defeats Bush ally?

In the wake of the shooting of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena by American soldiers, Prime Minister Berlusconi’s party suffered a “stinging defeat” in regional elections. Berlusconi had strongly supported US President George Bush’s policy in Iraq despite substantial domestic opposition. After Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari was killed protecting Sgrena, and was promptly elevated to the status of a national hero, Berlusconi announced he would begin withdrawing Italian forces from Iraq. “The centre-left coalition won 11 of the 13 regions at stake, and Mr Berlusconi’s House of Liberties alliance kept two, its northern strongholds Lombardy and Veneto.”

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