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  • Hamas rejects international peacekeepers

    02/16/2014 2:28:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2014 5:19 AM EST
    Gaza’s Hamas rulers say they will oppose any international force in a future Palestine—adding a new complication to U.S.-brokered peace efforts. […] Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group, said Sunday that Hamas will deal with any international force “in the same manner it uses with Israeli occupation forces.” Hamas has killed hundreds of Israelis in years of conflict. …
  • UN peacekeepers cross the line of warfare in the Congo

    04/23/2013 6:01:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 23 April 2013 | Jeni Whalan
    The idea that peacekeepers should not initiate military action has prevailed ... until now. Jeni Whalan says the new "intervention brigade" in the Congo has stretched the institution of peacekeeping to breaking point. There's a fine, but critical, line between keeping the peace and waging a war.For the blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeepers deployed in some of the world's worst conflict zones, it's a line that is constantly, violently tested - by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the early 1990s; by rebels who this month killed five peacekeepers in South Sudan. Yet the greatest challenge may have come from the...
  • South Sudan ambush kills five U.N. peacekeepers, seven civilians

    04/10/2013 6:29:49 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 9, 2013 | Andrew Green | Reuters
    JUBA (Reuters) - Five U.N. peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the U.N. mission in South Sudan were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in the restive eastern state of Jonglei on Tuesday, the United Nations said. "At least nine additional peacekeepers and civilians were injured in the attack and some remain unaccounted for," the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement. India's foreign ministry said the peacekeepers killed were Indian. The nationalities of all the civilians killed were not immediately available, though the United Nations said two of them were South Sudanese and the other...
  • Taliban to Send Peace-Keeping Advisers to Chicago

    03/24/2013 1:31:54 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    boudicabpi. ^ | March 24, 2013 | boudicabpi.
    As negotiations for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan have once again come to a halt, the Taliban Supreme Council has offered to level the playing field by sending a group of 400 battle-hardened Taliban peacekeepers to the U.S. city of Chicago, to help pacify one of the most violent regions in the Great Plains area of the North American continent. With many years of combat experience in violent areas of their own country and having fought rebels, insurgents, villagers, urban militias, rival drug lords, as well as Soviet and American occupying forces on foot, horses, camels, donkeys, and trucks, they...
  • Cable: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex

    09/01/2011 8:06:23 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    msnbc ^ | 9/1/2011 | LAURA BURKE/ap
    <p>United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food, according to a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.</p> <p>The cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behavior of Beninese peacekeepers stationed in the western town of Toulepleu, an area that has been at the crosshairs of the nation's 10-year-long conflict.</p>
  • Cable: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex

    09/01/2011 8:32:53 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/1/2011 | LAURA BURKE
    <p>ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food, according to a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.</p> <p>The cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behavior of Beninese peacekeepers stationed in the western town of Toulepleu, an area that has been at the crosshairs of the nation's 10-year-long conflict.</p>
  • UN Security Council votes to withdraw peacekeeping force in Sudan

    07/13/2011 5:21:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2011-07-12 01:36:25 | Editor: yan (not me)
    UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council Monday unanimously adopted a resolution to withdraw the UN peacekeeping force in Sudan (UNMIS) effective July 11 and complete the withdrawal by August 31, 2011, just two days after South Sudan became the world's newest state. The Security Council "calls upon the secretary-general to complete withdrawal of all uniformed and civilian UNMIS personnel, other than those required for the mission's liquidation, by 31 August 2011," said the resolution. The resolution called on the "need for the orderly withdrawal of UNMIS following the termination of the mission's mandate on July 9,...
  • Somalia offensive gains ground, but at high cost

    04/13/2011 12:52:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 13/4/11 | Katharine Houreld
    MOGADISHU, Somalia -African Union peacekeepers who launched an offensive seven weeks ago have expanded their control of Mogadishu to around half the Somali capital. They've gotten so close to Islamic insurgents that the soldiers can hear them cock their rifles before counterattacks. But the campaign has come at a dear cost. Officials tell The Associated Press that more than 50 peacekeepers have been killed, along with an unknown number of Somali dead. The casualty rate is so high that the AU has not announced it, saying that is the responsibility of Uganda and Burundi, the two countries that currently contribute...
  • International Peacekeeping Troops? Stop the Joking Please!

    01/01/2011 12:10:49 PM PST · by bsaunders · 6 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | January 1, 2011 | B. Saunders
    The idea that United Nations or NATO troops be placed in the West Bank and Gaza to keep the peace, stop terrorist attacks, and enforce an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement would be a hysterical joke if the results of such a ridiculous plan would produce such tragic ends. It is not like this half-baked idea has not been tried and proven to be worse than useless because such is the case currently with the UNIFIL troops farcical ineffectiveness at reigning in Hezballah from rebuilding and rearming without even a single reported action impeding their efforts. We saw exactly how effective international...
  • Haiti protester shot dead by UN peacekeepers

    11/16/2010 9:17:32 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/16/10 | BBC
    At least one man has been shot dead in clashes with UN peacekeepers in Haiti. UN troops fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who were throwing stones and blocking roads in Cap Haitien. The protests come amid a continuing cholera epidemic that has killed more than 900 people, but the UN has also linked them to upcoming elections. UN peacekeepers in Cap Haitien and Hinche were the target of protesters wielding stones and in some cases - the UN says - guns. Some Haitians have accused peacekeepers from Nepal of introducing cholera to Haiti for the first time in a...
  • Raped Under UN Auspices

    10/08/2010 2:48:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 7, 2010 | CLAUDIA ROSETT
    Can United Nations peace keeping deliver peace? It sure failed this summer in an eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where armed groups went on a spree of gang rape just 20 miles up the road from a contingent of dozens of UN blue helmets. Despite warnings of trouble, it took three days -- during which the raping of hundreds of women continued -- before a UN patrol showed up. It took more than a week before the head of the UN's Congo peacekeeping mission, US diplomat Roger Meece, says he learned of the rapes. And it...
  • U.N. Peacekeepers Dodge Discipline

    03/23/2010 8:39:14 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 3 replies · 216+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-22-2010 | STEVE STECKLOW And JOE LAURIA
    As the United Nations worked to restore peace and protect women and children in Africa's troubled Cote d'Ivoire three years ago, it announced it was investigating "serious allegations of wide-spread sexual exploitation and abuse." Shockingly, the alleged perpetrators were with the U.N.—Moroccan troops serving as peacekeepers. A confidential probe by U.N. and Moroccan investigators turned up evidence that 14 soldiers were involved, according to a person familiar with the matter; DNA analysis showed some of them had fathered children with the victims. But the U.N. has never disclosed the results of the investigation or whether any of the soldiers were...
  • Three peacekeepers killed in Haiti quake (Jordan)

    01/15/2010 3:27:57 PM PST · by Shermy · 211+ views
    Jordan Times ^ | January 15, 2010 | Mohammad Ghazal
    AMMAN - Three Jordanian peacekeepers were killed and at least 23 others were injured in the powerful earthquake that struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince Tuesday, the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) announced on Wednesday. The JAF identified the three peacekeepers as Major Ata Issa Hussein Manasir, Major Ashraf Ali Mohammad Jayousi and Corporal Raed Faraj Mefleh Khawaldeh, according to a JAF statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times. In the statement, the JAF paid tribute to the three peacekeepers whom it said were on a humanitarian mission to preserve security and stability in Haiti. Eighteen of the injured are JAF members,...
  • Story needs to be told (Somber Anniversary)

    10/23/2009 1:16:05 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies · 949+ views
    JD News (Jacksonville) ^ | 10/23/2009 | HOPE HODGE
    The community remembers the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit of 1983 as brave troops who suffered great losses in Beirut in one of the most devastating non-nuclear bombings of all time. Retired Marine Col. Timothy Geraghty remembers them as “my men.” Geraghty will be in Jacksonville today to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed nearly 300 peacekeeping troops, 241 of whom were Marines and sailors under his command. Twenty-six years after the event, he has told the story of Beirut in his own words.
  • Genocidal Islamic monster Al-Bashir warns to harm peacekeepers if 'arrest is issued'

    08/21/2008 8:05:09 PM PDT · by Righting · 3 replies · 119+ views
    The Genocidal Islamic monster Al-Bashir warns to harm peacekeepers if 'arrest is issued'     Sudanese president is defiant in Darfur visitThe Associated Press - Jul 23, 2008... one day after a presidential adviser warned that aid workers and peacekeepers might not be safe in Darfur if an arrest warrant is issued for al-Bashir. ...http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5inqUzmH0M_JwO_wre74Z0-3h3-2gD923KSIG0   Warlord frequented local bar in disguiseThe Kingston Whig-Standard, Canada - Jul 24, 2008A senior Sudanese official is warning that aid workers and peacekeepers might not be safe in Darfur if an arrest warrant is issued for the country's ...http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1127571   They Said ItWednesday, July...
  • The United Nations is Molesting Children Again

    05/29/2008 10:33:26 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies · 134+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 05/29/08 | Bill Levinson
    Charity: Aid workers raping, abusing children [http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/05/27/charity.aidworkers/?imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail] “LONDON, England (CNN) — Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries, a leading European charity has said.” Circulation of the following pictures is encouraged. Please copy as opposed to linking, as it uses this site’s bandwidth. Children as young as 6 have been forced to have sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in return for food and money, Save the Children UK said in a report released Tuesday. After interviewing hundreds of children, the charity said it found instances of rape, child...
  • UN Workers Accused Of Widespread Sexual Child Abuse

    05/28/2008 7:03:18 PM PDT · by Jabrown · 7 replies · 106+ views
    Politically Drunk On Politics ^ | 05/28/2008 | Jarid Brown
    ...Detailed in the report were incidents of UN representatives denying food aid unless children granted sexual favors; exchanging food, money, cell phones, and even soap for sex; reports of children being physically forced to have sex (in the US we call that rape); and reports of children forced to participate in acts of child pornography...
  • Gunmen attack Darfur peacekeepers

    04/10/2008 10:46:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 63+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Jennie Matthew
    KHARTOUM (AFP) - Gunmen have attacked police from the African Union and UN peacekeeping force in Darfur for the first time, injuring one officer by beating him with a rifle butt, a UN spokesman said Thursday. "Four gunmen attacked, yesterday afternoon, a UNAMID police patrol, two kilometres (one mile) from the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons, injuring one officer," said spokesman Noureddine Mezni from the UN African Mission in Darfur. The unarmed police were stopped at gunpoint as they returned from a routine patrol at the camp, which is near Darfur's political capital of Al-Fasher. The officers were...
  • Hillary Didn't Lie: Secret Bosnian Footage Unveiled (MUST SEE VIDEO INCLUDED!!)

    03/26/2008 10:21:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 685+ views
    Snafu-ed ^ | March 27, 2008
    You'll recall Hillary Clinton's recent speech in which she attempted to play up her foreign policy experience by recounting her "harrowing" 1996 trip to Bosnia. "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." Well, mainstream media has discounted that account, and such luminaries as comedian Sinbad have chimed in as well. It appears, however, that Clinton caved in too soon when she admitted overstating the dangers, as Barely Political...
  • France plays down Chad war claim

    11/30/2007 3:41:24 PM PST · by austrian · 7 replies · 67+ views
    France plays down Chad war claim Mr Sarkozy says the situation in Sudan and Chad is very complex French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said a declaration of war against foreign troops by rebels will not jeopardise an EU mission to Chad. Anti-government rebels have declared "a state of belligerence against the French army or any other foreign forces on national territory". They have accused French military planes of passing intelligence to the Chadian government. Austria has also said the rebel declaration will not stop the mission. The EU force, about half of which will be made up of French troops,...
  • Chad rebels declare war on French

    11/30/2007 11:07:24 AM PST · by austrian · 42 replies · 185+ views
    Rebels in Chad have said they are at war with the French-led European Union peacekeeping force which is due to be deployed in the coming weeks. The rebels accused French military planes of flying over their positions and passing intelligence to the government during this week's fighting. France, the former colonial power, retains a military base in Chad. The EU force is to be sent to the area near the border with Sudan's Darfur, to protect refugees and aid workers. Chad says that Sudan is behind this week's attacks, because it did not want any western forces on its border....
  • Suspected terrorists detained in Lebanon (plotting attacks against U.N. peacekeepers)

    10/15/2007 3:39:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/07 | AP
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanese military intelligence officials have detained members of a suspected "terrorist network" for plotting attacks against U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, the army said Monday. The group had planted a bomb near the southern city of Tyre in an attempt to target a U.N. patrol, but it did not explode because of a problem with the trigger, the army said in a statement. The suspects also admitted they planned to plant two other bombs in the area and detonate them within a short period "in order to cause maximum casualties among the forces," the statement said. Two...
  • Darfur raid kills 10 African peacekeepers

    09/30/2007 2:36:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 62+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 30 September 2007
    HASKANITA, Sudan: Rebel forces stormed a small African Union base in northern Darfur and killed 10 peacekeepers in an unprecedented attack on the beleaguered mission that threatened peace talks set for October. Several others were wounded and dozens were missing after about 1,000 rebels attacked the base in Haskanita late Saturday and eventually stormed it early Sunday, AU peacekeepers in Haskanita said. The remaining AU peacekeepers were evacuated from the base under the protection of the Sudanese Army, which drove the rebels from the area. Some government troops could be seen plundering goods from the burned-out camp as an AU...
  • China to deploy peacekeepers to Darfur in October, military says

    09/16/2007 12:42:40 AM PDT · by Fitzcarraldo · 23 replies · 1,073+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 16, 2007 | AP
    BEIJING: China will deploy engineers and a medical unit to Sudan's troubled Darfur region next month as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, the military reported... Energy-hungry China buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil output and sells weapons to the Khartoum regime. Critics say Beijing has not used its economic leverage to push Sudan's government more strongly for peace in Darfur, and have attempted to shame China into acting by linking the Darfur crisis to next year's Summer Olympics in the Chinese capital. Xinhua said the unit headed to Darfur has been trained in international law, the United Nations constitution...
  • US soldier dies in Kosovo crash

    09/09/2007 3:17:42 PM PDT · by joan · 9 replies · 375+ views
    earthtimes ^ | September 9, 2007
    Pristina - A United States soldier serving with a NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night, police sources in the province said. Two other US troops were injured in the crash, which occurred in Caglavica, a section of the capital Pristina, sources said. Neither official confirmation of the report nor any other details were immediately available. Peacekeepers of KFOR had been deployed in Kosovo since mid-1999, when NATO ousted Serbian security forces to end the repression of the majority Albanian population.
  • UN Confirms Inquiry of Sexual Abuse Cases in Ivory Coast (Morrocan "Peacekeepers" Rape Children)

    07/24/2007 7:14:40 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 381+ views
    IC Publications ^ | July 22, 2007 | IC Publications
    UN confirms inquiry of sexual abuse cases in Ivory Coast 23/07/2007 18:05 ABIDJAN, July 23 (AFP) The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast confirmed it was investigating cases of sexual abuse of Ivorian women, including young girls, by some Moroccan soldiers. "There was an internal investigation which proved the facts, but we are waiting the results of the full investigation led by our internal affairs services, which will confirm the facts," UN spokeswoman Margarita Amodeo told AFP. "There are minors among the victims concerned," she said. The United Nations at the weekend suspended a Moroccan peacekeeping unit based in...
  • Bomb hits U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon

    07/16/2007 10:02:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 648+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/07 | Hussein Dakroub - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon AP) — A roadside bomb planted in Lebanon's coastal south exploded Monday near a U.N. post as a peacekeeping vehicle drove past, the second attack targeting the force in less than a month. No one was hurt. The bomb struck the U.N. jeep as it drove through a village near the southern port city of Tyre, according to a statement from the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon, known as UNIFIL. A U.N. official at the site of the explosion said the bomb was planted near a bridge on the road to Qassimiyeh. The official spoke on condition...
  • U.N. women peacekeepers (arrive) in Liberia

    01/30/2007 8:36:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 506+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/07 | AP
    MONROVIA, Liberia - The United Nation's first women-only peacekeeping contingent — made up about 100 Indian policewomen — arrived in Liberia Tuesday, officials said. Ben Malor, spokesman for the U.N.'s 15,000-strong peacekeeping force in the West African country, said the force will be stationed in the capital. Women have served in many U.N. peacekeeping forces, but this is the first women-only group. Members of the group have said they hope their unit will be seen as more approachable by women and children in conflict zones. Last year relief groups in Liberia accused U.N. peacekeepers and aid workers of trading food...
  • UN official admits peacekeepers abuse of citizens, expresses "outrage" (Haiti)

    11/30/2006 10:07:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 335+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/06 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - A top ranking United Nations official admitted that the abuse of locals by peacekeepers was "going on" and expressed her "outrage" in an interview with the BBC. UN Assistant Secretary General for peacekeeping operations, Jane Holl Lute, speaking to the BBC after it aired a probe into allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Haiti, said abuse "is going on ... and I don't challenge the facts as they were presented". She said that "at every level, I'm outraged. I'm outraged that this goes on." Lute insisted, however, that the United Nations was working to deal with...
  • America fights to take charge of UN peacekeepers around world

    11/02/2006 11:34:34 PM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 503+ views
    The Times ^ | November 3, 2006 | James Bone and Richard Beeston
    The United States is lobbying to put an American, possibly a general, in charge of all UN peacekeeping operations in a move that could offer Washington an exit strategy in Iraq.The unprecedented US bid for the top UN peacekeeping post would place an American in command of the 95,000 UN peacekeepers in trouble spots from Lebanon to Sudan. The American lobbying effort is set to prove hugely controversial. If successful, the change would amount to a radical remaking of the organisation, bringing it closer to its origin in the Second World War as a US-led alliance. It is also stirring...
  • Peacekeepers are 'a laughing stock'

    10/17/2006 10:06:27 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 878+ views
    The Times ^ | October 18, 2006 | Jonathan Clayton
    THE convoy of African Union (AU) peacekeepers lumbered out of its base on the edge of El-Fasher towards midday. As it passed through central Darfur’s ravaged villages, children playing by the road made thumbs down gestures.“We are a laughing stock here,” groaned a senior officer to accompanying newsmen. “We are completely blind to what is really going on.” The AU force — 5,000 soldiers and 2,000 civilian police and administrators drawn from more than a dozen of the AU’s 53 member states — was sent to Darfur to monitor last May’s “peace agreement” — a British-backed deal which split the...
  • Sudan: Won't accept U.N. peacekeepers

    09/19/2006 6:30:32 PM PDT · by jdm · 3 replies · 228+ views
    AP / Yahoo! ^ | Sept 19, 2006 | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS - Sudan will not allow the United Nations to take control of peacekeepers in Darfur under any circumstance, the president said Tuesday, claiming that rights groups have exaggerated the crisis there in a bid for more cash. Omar al-Bashir did say that the African Union, which now runs the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, should be allowed to augment its forces with more logistics, advisers and other support. "The picture that volunteer organizations try to give in order to solicit more assistance and more aid, have given a negative result," al-Bashir told a news conference. Speaking on the sidelines...
  • What did you do in the war, UNIFIL? (You broadcast Israeli troop movements)

    08/26/2006 1:52:13 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 931+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 4, 2006 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    DURING THE RECENT month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel, U.N. "peacekeeping" forces made a startling contribution: They openly published daily real-time intelligence, of obvious usefulness to Hezbollah, on the location, equipment, and force structure of Israeli troops in Lebanon.UNIFIL--the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a nearly 2,000-man blue-helmet contingent that has been present on the Lebanon-Israel border since 1978--is officially neutral. Yet, throughout the recent war, it posted on its website for all to see precise information about the movements of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and the nature of their weaponry and materiel, even specifying the placement of IDF...
  • Don't Give Peacekeepers a Chance

    08/25/2006 8:15:41 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 2 replies · 135+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 8/25/2006 | Gregory Scoblete
    If the Bush administration is successful in cajoling major European nations into contributing peace keepers to southern Lebanon, it will have dealt a serious, perhaps fatal, blow to its efforts to peacefully curtail Iran's nuclear ambitions. The Bush administration currently wants two things from Europe -- a "robust" peace keeping force to secure the uneasy cease fire in Lebanon and European (and Security Council) backing for sanctions and other punitive measures against Iran for its nuclear intransigence. But it cannot have both, particularly if France -- a permanent member of the Security Council and a member of the EU-3 negotiating...
  • (FRench) General: U.N. peacekeepers need troops - UNIFIL

    08/14/2006 4:56:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,977+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/06 | Jamey Keaten - ap
    PARIS - The French general who leads the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon said Monday he wants reinforcements quickly, warning that even one "stray act" could unravel a diplomatic effort to halt the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, said a U.N. Security Council resolution approved Friday could give unprecedented new strength to the 28-year-old UNIFIL force that often has been criticized as ineffective in the past. Diplomats and military advisers were working Monday to decide which countries could help boost the 2,000-strong force to 15,000, as was approved...
  • Lebanon asked to reject Australian troops

    08/12/2006 11:54:37 AM PDT · by tessalu · 29 replies · 668+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 12, 2006 | AAP
    PROMINENT Australian Muslims have written to Lebanon's Prime Minister asking him to reject any offer of Australian peacekeepers. Muslim community spokesman Keysar Trad and Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali sent a letter on August 10 to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in which they said an Australian peacekeeping presence in Lebanon would not be in the best interest of Lebanon or Australia. "Should Australian troops go into Lebanon, Australia's current counter terrorism laws will severely hamper debate in Australia about Lebanon's right to defend itself and those protesting to support Lebanon's independence may find themselves liable to imprisonment," the letter said. "It's...
  • Olmert ready to consider Lebanon's offer

    08/08/2006 2:04:17 AM PDT · by garbageseeker · 111 replies · 2,932+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/08/2006 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM - Israel is studying Lebanon's offer to deploy some 15,000 Lebanese troops along the Israel-Lebanon border to take control of the Hezbollah stronghold, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday. Israel has long demanded a deployment of Lebanese forces in southern Lebanon, along with the disarming of Hezbollah guerrillas. However, it appeared Israeli leaders were reluctant to embrace Lebanon's offer more strongly because of concern it might be a ploy to get Israeli troops out of south Lebanon. Olmert suggested Tuesday that Israel would want to see the deployment of Lebanese troops along with a strong multinational force in...
  • The Region: Questions for a multinational force

    08/08/2006 1:38:45 AM PDT · by garbageseeker · 198+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/08/2006 | Barry Rubin
    The Franco-American cease-fire plan looks good. Hizbullah, Iran and Syria want to sabotage it for precisely that reason. It should soon be apparent to the world that Israel prefers peace, and that the radical trio seeks continued strife within Lebanon and on the border. Among the cease-fire proposal's key points are the following: • a south Lebanon buffer zone which only Lebanon's army and an international force can enter; • all sides to respect the Lebanon-Israel border; • a procedure to disarm Hizbullah; • strengthening Lebanon's army to ensure it controls the south; • establishing an embargo on the supply...
  • Islamic States Want Lebanon Peacekeepers to Include Muslim Troops

    08/03/2006 9:52:54 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 10 replies · 370+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 2, 2006 | Patrick Goodenough
    Islamic countries, preparing to hold an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the Mideast crisis, want to ensure that Muslim countries participate in any multinational force deployed in Lebanon. The government of Malaysia, which chairs the 57-member Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC), says the bloc will likely call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hizballah. It also will demand the deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force that must include OIC members, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Representatives from at least 17 member states plan to attend the meeting in the Malaysian administrative capital of Putrajaya. They include...
  • Kofi Annan could have saved blue helmets

    07/28/2006 8:20:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies · 688+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, July 28, 2006 | John Burtis
    Kofi Annan loves the cocktail, lecture and the smarmy soft sell circuit and eschews all pretenses when it comes to protecting his unarmed blue topped troops in the field. Pretenses, that is, meaning he doesn’t give a damn for them, their locations, or their missions.
  • UN withdraw observers from Israeli-Lebanon border (unarmed'peacekeepers'with cellPhones ?)

    07/28/2006 6:44:57 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 33 replies · 779+ views
    IrelandOnLine ^ | 28/07/2006
    The United Nations has decided to remove unarmed observers from their posts along the Israeli-Lebanese border, moving them in with the peacekeeping force in the area, a spokesman said today. The decision came after one of the posts of the observer force, known as UNTSO, was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike earlier this week, killing four. “These are unarmed people and this is for theirprotection,” said Milos Struger, a spokesman for Unifil, the peacekeeping force whose 2,000 members have light weapons for self-defence. Earlier, Israel’s UN ambassador has ruled out major UN involvement in any potential international force in Lebanon,...
  • Nations Reluctant to Commit Troops to Lebanon

    07/25/2006 12:16:22 AM PDT · by John Carey · 22 replies · 537+ views
    The Nw York Times ^ | July 25, 2006 | ELAINE SCIOLINO and STEVEN ERLANGER
    International military force to be placed in southern Lebanon, but where will the troops come from? The United States has ruled out its soldiers, NATO says it is overstretched, Britain feels its troops are overcommitted and Germany says it is willing to participate only if Hezbollah agrees .... Also see: http://peace-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2006/07/nations-reluctant-to-commit-troops-to.html
  • Olmert to accept EU peacekeepers

    07/23/2006 5:11:00 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 28 replies · 712+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 24 July 2006
    ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said overnight that his government would accept a peacekeeping force in Lebanon "made up of troops from European Union countries". "Israel is ready to see deployment of a force with military capabilities and combat experience made up of troops from European Union countries once its mandate has been fixed," Mr Olmert said during talks with visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The mandate "will have to include control of the border crossings between Syria and Lebanon, deployment in south Lebanon and support for the Lebanese army", he said. The force would also need to oversee...
  • France Offers To Take Part In Lebanon Peacekeeping Force

    07/22/2006 8:08:58 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 107 replies · 1,612+ views
    Easy Bourse ^ | Saturday, July 22, 2006 | Dowjones
    ABU DHABI (AP)--France will participate in an international peacekeeping force for Lebanon under certain conditions, French Defense Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie said on Saturday. Such a force would have "no meaning," Alliot-Marie warned, without contributor countries identifying in advance its duties and how these would be carried out. She didn't say how large the force would be. Alliot-Marie made her comments at a press conference after meeting Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed. While the fighting in Lebanon between Israeli and Hezbollah forces was part of a larger problem, Alliot-Marie added that a quick end to the clashes was...
  • Tense calm in East Timor as Australia takes control of security

    05/26/2006 5:16:35 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 8 replies · 261+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Friday May 26, 2006
    Tense calm prevailed in the capital of East Timor as Australian troops took control of security to stop a bloodbath between the Timorese military and rebel soldiers. After a day that saw at least 15 people killed as houses were torched and unarmed men gunned down, Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said Friday that his own Timorese forces were being ordered back to their barracks. He said Australian troops that landed on Thursday would take over security in Dili, the capital of East Timor -- which has been independent only since 2002. "Now the Australian troops are the ones holding the...
  • Bin Laden calls for war against UN peacekeepers

    04/24/2006 1:40:30 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 20 replies · 877+ views
    The Times ^ | April 24, 2006 | Tom Baldwin
    THE voice of Osama bin Laden was heard across the world again yesterday with the broadcast of a new tape in which he sought to link al-Qaeda with both Palestinian militants and the brutal civil war in Sudan.In his first message for three months, bin Laden said that the West’s decision to cut off funds to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority proved that it was conducting “a Zionist crusader war on Islam”. He also spoke about the Darfur crisis in Sudan, which has caused 180,000 deaths, calling on “holy warriors” to defend Islam and “prepare for a long war” against a...
  • Pelosi Sours, Cheney's Decaf, China's Body Parts, More

    03/27/2006 2:04:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 1,069+ views
    Newsmax Insider Report | March 26, 2006 | Newsmax
    1. Report: China Selling Prisoners' Body Parts Chinese doctors are "harvesting" kidneys, corneas and other organs from live concentration camp inmates and selling them for up to $100,000 apiece. That's the shocking report from a former employee at Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, where the organ removal has allegedly been taking place. In an interview with The Epoch Times, the ex-employee said the Sujiatun Concentration Camp in Shenyang City is part of the hospital and since 2001 has secretly detained approximately 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners - none of whom has left the camp alive. "The...
  • UN peacekeeper sex abuse still "unacceptably high"

    02/23/2006 2:55:03 PM PST · by mathprof · 30 replies · 598+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/23/06 | Irwin Arieff
    Sexual abuse charges against U.N. peacekeepers remain unacceptably high due to a persistent "culture of dismissiveness" in field missions, a U.N. diplomat said on Thursday. It could take three to four more years for a reform program to fully take hold, Jordan's U.N. ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, said in updating the U.N. Security Council on how the problem was being addressed. A spike in allegations was "not entirely unexpected" since a system was now in now place to facilitate complaints, he said, and all the reform elements had not yet been implemented. Al-Hussein was asked by the United...
  • Investigators probe Calif. prison system's use of inmates to keep order ("peacekeepers")

    01/22/2006 11:07:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 298+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/22/06 | Jeremiah Marquez and DonThompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California prison system's use of some of its toughest, most feared inmates to help keep order behind bars led to the slaying of a guard, state investigators say. And the FBI is looking into whether the practice contributed to a second killing. Although the practice is banned in some states, California's top corrections official defends the limited use of "peacekeepers." These influential inmates are entrusted to help the staff, smooth racial tension and in some cases control fellow prisoners. Critics worry the freedom accorded peacekeepers lets them run drugs, order inmate assaults and commit other crimes....
  • First expelled UN peacekeepers head for Ethiopia from Eritrea

    12/15/2005 4:31:58 AM PST · by cloud8 · 11 replies · 395+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | December 15, 2005
    A first group of UN peacekeepers expelled from Eritrea left the UN headquarters in Asmara enroute to Addis Ababa. The group of about 20, including a woman in tears, boarded a bus at the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) offices in Asmara that headed to the airport for a temporary relocation in the Ethiopian capital. A UN official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the team was relocating ahead of the Friday deadline imposed by Eritrean authorities. They are expected to board three flights, the first one taking off at 11:00 am (0800 GMT), then 11:30 am and...