From AFP: Italy boosted security checks on Sunday after Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi threatened retaliation following the Italian government’s decision to take part in Nato-led air strikes against the regime.
“Qadhafi’s words confirm that we have to monitor the situation. It’s what we are doing and we have intensified monitoring on our territory,” Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni told reporters.
Maroni said that Kadhafi’s threat on Saturday to “bring the battle to Italy” should not be under-estimated and was not just “propaganda.”
From RIA Novosti: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday called on war with Italy, citing Italy’s "colonization" attempts.
In a speech delivered at the Libyan state TV, Gaddafi said that he could not prevent war with Italy since Libyans wanted it.
"We are already in a war with Italy since Italians kill our children in 2011 as they did in 1911, that is why I cannot forbid Libyans to defend their lives and carry the military actions on the enemy’s territory," Gaddafi said. (photo: Huseyin Dogan/Reuters)