03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Herve Morin, French Defense Minister, "Disbelief" At Idea Italy Bribed Taliban

SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION, France, Oct 16 (Reuters) - France's defence minister reacted with disbelief on Friday to the idea that an army might pay Taliban insurgents not to attack, after a British newspaper accused Italy of the practice.

Britain's Times said on Thursday that Italy's secret service had paid tens of thousands of dollars to Taliban commanders and local warlords to keep safe the area where Italian troops were stationed.

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