July 28th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

2 Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

ROME, Italy — Two Italian soldiers were killed in an attack on Wednesday in western Afghanistan, officials said.

Italian Senate speaker Vanino Chiti announced.the deaths on the Senate floor, and a minute of silence was observed.

Speaking to Italian diplomats at the Foreign Ministry, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said that he was "saddened by the news of the death of two Italian soldiers in Afghanistan."

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said a bomb killed two troops in the west on Wednesday but didn't say what their nationalities were.

Italian media said the attack took place during a patrol in Herat province, and the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device.

MORE: Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan

- CNN's Hada Messia contributed to this report.

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  1. Pier Paolo

    In my Country like in the others ones with democratic rules,i am used to accept opinions very different from the ones i have.Ok,you don't like Berlusconi,but i consider not correcte to comment a news reporting the death of Italian soldiers with insults to the PM.I know,he has a strange way of doing,but you have to remember he has been elected democratically by a free people in a free vote.What does it means to insult him posteing these comments with the death of good guys fighting and believing in the democracy?I never thought you were criminals in vietnam,probably a bad choice in a historical moment of your life.Republicans ruled the USA after the killing of a democratic President in USA,it doesn't means that republicans are mafiosi or what else.A people makes its own choices and we have to respect them,this is one of the reason i love USA,the freedom of choice.Italy has its choices,you have yours.Remember that this governement sent Italian soldiers in fighting by your side,not the former communist one.The leftist former governementcalled you criminal and imperialist,this one is helping you and i have to say i am happy of what we are doing with you,for me,i have been a soldier too,is a honour to help afriend that helped my country to be free.And Berlusconi is doing it,not the last communist one.Anyway is great for me to have this talk with you.God bless USA.Paolo.

    July 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pier Paolo

    I am really sad reading these stupids comments.If you like to act alone around the world and do things alone just ask..no problem.Is not easy for me to type these words,cause i have many Friends in USA and i always considered thei Country a close Friend of my Homeland.Anyway i still Love USA and i hope in a better consideration of my Country,due to a realy knowledge of it.God Bless.

    July 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      They don't like Berlusconi and they are absolutely right. I am also critic versus US for the stupid rhetoric they posted in this war like the soldiers are fighint for our freedom and we should thank.... The same stupid rhetoric wehave been heard by Mussolini.
      But they fail to recognize untill something more big will happen.

      July 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Under Berluscni,Italy is no more than a mere puppet of the United States.Don't you know that,Pier???This man is totally devoid of moral principles and that's that!

      July 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Again I totally agree with Joe.This creep Berlusconi has got to go!!!

    July 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. No american in support

    All military are killers, in the military you are fair game to be killed just as you have signed up to be a killer, no military, no wars!

    July 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel-2

    I wonder if anybody thinks that Silvio Berlusconi even cares.I suppoes not!

    July 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Why should he, since he values nothing in the first place?

      July 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |