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  • Sweden mourns death of UN expert in DRC

    04/16/2017 5:28:45 AM PDT · by Catholic Canadian · 23 replies
    The Local SE ^ | March 29, 2017 | Unknown
    A Swedish aid worker who was abducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found dead, the Foreign Ministry and the United Nations confirmed on Wednesday.
  • Bodies of 2 UN Experts Found in Democratic Republic of Congo

    03/29/2017 9:21:34 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies
    WISC TV Channel 3000 ^ | March 29, 2017 | Euan McKirdy
    The bodies of two UN experts who went missing in the Democratic Republic of Congo this month have been found, the United Nations said in a statement Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said UN peacekeepers discovered the bodies of US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan on Monday outside the city of Kananga. The body of their Congolese interpreter, Betu Tshintela, was also discovered with them. A Congo government official told CNN that Catalan's body was found decapitated, but Sharp and Tshintela were not beheaded. Their cause of death is not determined, according to government spokesman Lambert Mende....
  • CFR: To Deal With Child-raping UN Troops, UN Needs More Power

    09/09/2015 1:27:33 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 09/09/2015 | Alex Newman
    As global outrage grows over the escalating child-rape scandals surrounding United Nations “peacekeeping” troops in Africa and beyond, the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Obama administration have a plan: more power, more money, more military equipment, and more troops for the UN. Seriously. The White House appears to be fully on board with the agenda to super-size and empower the UN's “peace” forces amid the grotesque scandals. Later this month, Obama himself will even lead a global summit on UN peacekeeping where he is expected to announce huge new commitments of U.S. taxpayer resources and personnel to...
  • U.N. confirms release of peacekeepers abducted by Syria rebels

    09/11/2014 11:03:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 6 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 11, 2014
    The United Nations on Thursday confirmed the release of all 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been held for two weeks by al Qaeda-linked militants in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border.
  • Fiji may have jumped the gun by saying its 45 captured UN peacekeepers would soon be released

    09/09/2014 9:20:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    The Republic ^ | 9-10-2014 | NICK PERRY and PITA LIGAIULA
    Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon. The South Pacific nation later tried to retract the comments, but by then they had been reported around the world. At a Wednesday morning news conference in Suva, Fiji's military chief said Fiji had been told by U.N. headquarters in New York that the Nusra Front had agreed to release the men later this week without any conditions or demands. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said three senior Fijian military officers would arrive...
  • UN Security Council Demands Release of Abducted Peacekeepers

    09/03/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/14
    The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers held in the Golan Heights by Syrian Al-Nusra Front terrorists, according to AFP. The 15 members of the council unanimously approved a declaration condemning "in the strongest terms" the detention of the Fijians. They were captured almost a week ago, when the rebels stormed a Golan Heights crossing. The council "reiterated their call for the peacekeepers' immediate and unconditional release," adding in its statement that "there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers." The government of Fiji also has called...
  • Videos Show Mass Killing of Captives by ISIS in Syria

    08/28/2014 4:28:59 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2014 | BEN HUBBARD
    BAGHDAD — Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have killed more than 100 Syrian soldiers they captured after seizing an airbase in the northeastern part of the country, according to activists who track casualties in the Syrian conflict and an ISIS fighter who was reached through the Internet....
  • Women in peacekeeping [UN]

    03/30/2014 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    United Nations ^ | 27 March 2014
    As peacekeeping has evolved to encompass a broader humanitarian approach, women have become increasingly part of the peacekeeping family. Click on the image to see the full infographic Women are deployed in all areas – police, military and civilian – and have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, both in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women's rights. In all fields of peacekeeping, women peacekeepers have proven that they can perform the same roles, to the same standards and under the same difficult conditions, as their male counterparts. It is an operational imperative that we...
  • Chadian peacekeepers kill 30 civilians in Central African Republic capital, officials say

    03/30/2014 1:36:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 30March2014 | AP
    BANGUI, Central African Republic – Officials say Chadian soldiers killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic's strife-torn capital city. Jean-Pierre Sadou, a gendarmerie official with the regional peacekeeping force, could not confirm the death toll from Saturday's violence but said the Chadian soldiers' actions were a "legitimate defense" after their convoy was attacked by grenades.
  • C.Africa peacekeepers declare war on 'anti-balaka' vigilantes [UN declares war to protect Muslims]

    03/26/2014 7:09:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Christian Panika
    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday as the UN warned the militia had crossed a red line by attacking international troops. The head of the MISCA African force blamed the groups for a series of attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."...
  • Soldiers fire on Central African Republic crowd [UN Peacekeepers]

    03/21/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 21, 1:25 PM | AP
    BANGUI, Central African Republic — Peacekeepers in Central African Republic opened fire on a crowd in the capital on Friday to disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring six people including four who were under 16, witnesses and officials said. The incident began when a Muslim man tried to carry out a transaction at a bank but was attacked by an angry mob. ... On Thursday, Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, warned Thursday that hatred between Muslim and Christian communities in Central African Republic was “at a terrifying level” and that the country remained in a state of near-anarchy, meaning...
  • A U.N. peacekeeping victory filled with promise

    11/23/2013 6:55:03 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2013 | Editorial Board
    FOR YEARS, a U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo was a glaring testament to the organization’s fecklessness. The largest such force in the world, with 19,000 troops, the “stabilization mission” cost $1.5 billion a year but utterly failed to pacify eastern Congo, which has been a battleground for warlords and the armies of neighboring powers for nearly two decades. At its low point a year ago, the U.N. blue helmets watched passively as a vicious force of defectors from the Congolese army occupied and ravaged the city of Goma. Now, at last, the U.N. Congo mission has a victory to savor...
  • Uganda hauls back two dozen Somalia peacekeepers over scam

    09/19/2013 7:24:55 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:28am EDT | Elias Biryabarema
    (Reuters) - Uganda has recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market. Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda, military spokesman, said the officers had been placed under "open arrest", which will restrict their movements pending the investigation. If the alleged racket is proven, it would underscore how embedded corruption, including among senior officers, is within a military infamous for taking the pay of "ghost soldiers" and money for helicopters which turned out to be junk. ... Ugandan...
  • U.N. deployment of surveillance drone in Congo delayed to December

    09/13/2013 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:20pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    (Reuters) - The unprecedented deployment of an unarmed surveillance drone by U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been delayed several months due to procurement procedures, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said on Thursday. The United Nations has procured an unarmed surveillance drone from Italian defense electronics firm Selex ES, a unit of Finmeccanica, that was due to be deployed in the volatile eastern Congo during August. "There has been some delay much to my chagrin but these have to do with the rules that member states have made upon us as far as procurement is concerned," peacekeeping chief...
  • Central African Republic: Thousands flee into Bangui airport

    08/30/2013 8:03:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2013 Last updated at 11:44 ET
    The former rebels, who seized power in March, were trying to "disarm" residents who lived near the airport, the UN's Amy Martin told the BBC. Peacekeeping troops were now trying to move them from the airport so it can resume normal operations, she said. The UN Security Council recently said the CAR threatened regional stability. Aid agencies have recently warned that undisciplined fighters from the Seleka group which ousted President Francois Bozize had looted the healthcare system, leaving it in ruins. About a third of the country's 4.6 million people need assistance with food, shelter, health care or water, according...
  • Ambush kills 7 UN peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur

    07/13/2013 12:18:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 13, 2:52 PM EDT | By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press
    CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country. The assault included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly rocket-propelled grenades, targeting the force some 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the town of Khor Abeche, U.N. forces spokesman Chris Cycmanick said. Reinforcements later arrived to rescue the wounded, who included two female police advisers, the force said in a statement.It wasn't immediately clear if any civilian personnel accompanied the team into...
  • The UN prepares to go to war for the first time (Congo)

    06/14/2013 5:52:43 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 83 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 08:22 EST, 14 June 2013 | Daniel Miller
    The UN is about to go to war for the first time in its history after the Security Council voted unanimously to intervene to fight rebels in the Congo. Around 3,000 UN troops wearing the blue insignia, are being deployed to the central African nation which has been wracked by years of civil war and lawlessness. The UN has led a 14-year-long peacekeeping in a bid to end the ethic conflict which was sparked by the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda when thousands of Hutus fled into the Congo to evade justice. ... It will be the first time that the...
  • UN Forces Abducted near Golan Heights

    05/07/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/13
    NDTV reports an armed Syrian group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said. The four were patrolling near the Al Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria where 21 Filipino peacekeepers were seized by Syrian rebels in March...
  • 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...
  • UN: About 20 Golan Heights peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels

    03/06/2013 11:17:44 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    NBC news ^ | Kari Huus
    Syrian rebels are holding hostage a convoy of United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, and have vowed to detain them until President Bashar Assad withdraws his forces from a Syrian village that has suffered heavy fighting. The U.N. on Wednesday confirmed that about 20 of its peacekeepers were being held by about 30 armed fighters in the Golan Heights, where the forces are charged with monitoring a cease-fire line between Syria and Israel. The capture, first announced in a rebel video posted on the Internet, was condemned by the U.N. Security Council, which demanded their immediate release. The U.N....