Antiterrorist front cracks
By Musa Stoun, Kavkaz Centre, 20 September 2001
The Italian minister has doubted that one person Osama bin Laden - could organize all this. He openly declared, that he considers such statements of Americans to be incorrect.

Italy and Germany declared, that they are not going to participate in war planned by USA against Afghanistan. Defence Minister of Italy, Antonio Martino declared, that focus is not on conflict between the states and consequently Italian armies will not be sent anywhere. It informs western agencies. "In this case the term 'war' is unacceptable, therefore I can tell, that participation of Italian armies in the action of punishment of USA categorically is excluded", - minister in interview told to Italian TV.

Antonio Marino also declared that any military action of USA should be undertaken after organizers of attacks will be precisely established on USA, and only then it will be possible to speak about any cooperation on the part of Italy. The Italian minister doubted that one person Osama bin Laden - could organize all this. He openly declared, that he counts such statements of Americans to be incorrect.

Minister of Defense of Italy also has called USA not to operate independently. "USA should create a coalition and receive the consent of United Nations. Only in that case, operation can be successful", - declared Antonio Marino.

Germany also excluded an opportunity of the unconditional participation in the operation planned by USA. As Defence Minister of Germany, Rudolf Scharping informed in interview with Welt Am Sonntag, the decision on participation of German army in military actions of NATO will be accepted in this week, however it will be possible to speak about forms and volume of German assistance to USA, only after results of investigations become known.

Meanwhile many western experts declare, that possible attacks over Afghanistan will result in long guerrilla war. The former assistant to the commander-in-chief of Allied armed forces of the NATO in Europe, general Gerd Shmyukle declared, that such war in Afghanistan can last for years. He noted, that there are ideal opportunities for maneuver with Talibans in Afghani mountains, therefore it is difficult to strike terrorists from air. Besides declared Shmyukle, it is very difficult to wage war on jumping-off place in the extent over six thousand kilometers. The former chief of academy of command structure of Bundeswehr rear admiral Rudolf Lange also expressed doubts in success of anti-guerrilla war, which cannot be won with application of usual overland forces.

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