Italian Army Corporal Alessandro Caroppo, aged 23, died on 21st September 2008 at the Italian Base Camp in Herat.
When he failed to report for guard duty, colleagues went to his sleeping quarters to find him having difficulty breathing. He was rushed to medical facilities where he died soon after.
A native of San Pietro Vernotico, Alessandro had been part of convoy operations that had been attacked repeatedly over recent days.
The young soldier had already completed an operational tour in Lebanon and was due to end his current mission on 5th October.