From the AP in the WashPo:
KABUL, Sept. 24 — Italian commandos, aided by other NATO forces and aircraft, rescued two kidnapped Italian intelligence operatives Monday in a daring ambush and gun battle that left at least nine of the captors dead in western Afghanistan.
Although both freed Italians were wounded — one of them seriously — Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi proclaimed the operation a success and said it could put a dent in Afghanistan’s growing kidnapping industry.
The US and England aren’t the only forces fighting in NATO. Despite comically restrictive rules of engagement held by many NATO members, the Afghanistan mission requires soldiers to be soldiers. Even the Italians and Spaniards in Afghanistan are coming to recognize the need for soldiers in the battle for Afghan liberty, and in this global Counterjihad.