Italy's defense minister says his country will send about 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan. Ignazio La Russa reiterated in comments to Milan daily Corriere della Sera that the exact figure will be determined soon said it would be "below" the 1,500 figure that news reports said Italy would provide in response to a U.S. request. La Russa was asked if the reinforcements would add up to 1,000 soldiers. He replied,"Let's say yes."