According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, a secret document on the operation was adopted on February 10. Italian troops are expected to join US, French and British special forces that have been operating in Libya for several weeks. With the first Italian unit ready to deploy to Libya within 10 days there are still doubts about the goal and the legitimacy of the mission, an article in La Repubblica read.

The documents underscored the “certain necessity” for the operation, but the bureaucratic notion hides one of the most difficult problem for the Italian military. “There is a feeling that countdown to combat actions has started in the Mediterranean,” according to the article. “It seems like the tragic death of Fausto Piano and Salvatore Failla [two Italian hostages killed by militants in Libya] is calling for a large-scale operation.” READ MORE