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Italian minister: Gadhafi's Ex-No. 2 is in Italy Italian minister: Gadhafi's Ex-No. 2 is in Italy The Associated Press ROME ROME (AP) — The Italian defense minister has confirmed media reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's former No. 2 official is in Italy after fleeing Tripoli. Minister Ignazio La Russa's remarks to reporters in Sicily Sunday, carried by the Italian news agency ANSA, was the first official confirmation that Abdel-Salam Jalloud had arrived in Italy. He didn't say where Jalloud was staying. Libyan rebels said Friday that Jalloud had defected, a blow for Gadhafi's embattled regime. Jalloud helped Gadhafi come to power in a 1969 coup and for decades traveled the world representing Tripoli. He started clashing with Gadhafi in the 1990s. Italian media have reported that Jalloud first fled to Tunisia, then to Italy on Saturday. Italian officials initially declined to comment on Jalloud's whereabouts.