Kidnappers who abducted Zuma Press contract photographer Kash Gabriele Torsello in Afghanistan on October 12 have imposed a second condition for his release, demanding on October 18 that Italy withdraw its troops as a condition for his release, according to Zuma president Scott McKiernan.
Italy's defense minister has reportedly ruled out a troop withdrawal, however.
On October 16, the kidnappers demanded that Italy return an Afghan man granted asylum in Italy last spring after he
converted to Christianity.
According to his agent, Scott McKiernan
Press, Torsello had been in Afghanistan about a month documenting the plight of the Afghan people as the country's US-backed government struggles with the Taliban for control of the country.