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  • https://twitter.com/timourazhari/sta...27222412038149 Seems like we have another year of Should UNIFIL be a thing.

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    • So the Israeliā€™s want to have their cake and eat it? A UN force that is adequate to throw its weight around with Hizbollah but is not adequately equipped to prevent Israel throwing its weight around?

      A tall order...
      'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
      'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
      Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
      He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
      http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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      • Originally posted by Fantasia View Post
        The Israelis are the ones who object to anything more technical than a bog standard infantryman being deployed. No UAVs, no real weapony except a few IFVs.

        The Lebanese object to anything resembling intelligence gathering. They still, to a certain degree, believe that the UN are a tool of the Israelis and that they are there to spy on the locals
        The Israelis may object but that has not stopped the French deploying Leclerc MBTs while the Italians have deployed Centauros.

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        • United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2539 extending the mandate of UNIFIL until 31 August 2021.

          Full text @ bit.ly/32F55Ec

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          • Originally posted by Rhodes View Post
            A very good interview detailing a first-hand account of an engagement in Lebanon in 1990 in which three Irish were badly injured and two armed individuals were killed in return fire.

            Think an MMG was awarded as a result of that incident?
            "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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            • Originally posted by Truck Driver View Post
              Think an MMG was awarded as a result of that incident?
              Not this action.
              You are probably thinking of another engagement a few years later at a different checkpoint in which an Irish soldier was killed in action, and another soldier was awarded an MMG.

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              • Originally posted by Rhodes View Post
                Not this action.
                You are probably thinking of another engagement a few years later at a different checkpoint in which an Irish soldier was killed in action, and another soldier was awarded an MMG.
                One I was thinking of was an Irish UNIFIL soldier on a GPMG post was wounded in an engagement. The recipient of the MMG crawled the guts of a 100 yds under heavy fire to render first aid. Guy was serving in 29 Inf Bn at the time...
                "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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                • In total 6 MMGs (out of 8 total) have been awarded for actions related to UNIFIL, 4 of those where for bravery during the Battle of At-Tiri and one for Commandant Lynch in 1982.

                  The last one was for Private Coventry who's citation is as follows:

                  "For displaying exceptional bravery and compassion of a higher order, while serving with the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon, when during a serious confrontation with armed elements at Checkpoint 6-10 Al Jurn, on the 29th of September 1992, he, with little regard for his own safety, voluntarily and without hesitation, left his position of relative safety and moved, exposing himself to hostile fire, to a position that was under effective fire, to render assistance to a wounded comrade."

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                  • Originally posted by Truck Driver View Post
                    Think an MMG was awarded as a result of that incident?
                    I've been quite enjoying these actually. I hope they continue on with them as I've nearly listened to all of them now!

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                    • Originally posted by Truck Driver View Post
                      One I was thinking of was an Irish UNIFIL soldier on a GPMG post was wounded in an engagement. The recipient of the MMG crawled the guts of a 100 yds under heavy fire to render first aid. Guy was serving in 29 Inf Bn at the time...
                      That's the same action I mentioned above, its a different engagement from the one in the podcast. In the later where the MMG was awarded an Irish soldier was killed in action commanding a SISU.

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                      • I finally got a chance to listen to that podcast yesterday. Very good!
                        'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
                        'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
                        Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
                        He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
                        http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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                          • Irish peacekeepers not among 90 Lebanon Covid-19 cases

                            https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2020/0...s-coronavirus/

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                            • Over 300 Defence Force members prepare to deploy to Lebanon


                              The 118th Infantry Battalion will travel to south Lebanon next month

                              The officer commanding a team of over 300 members of the Defence Forces who are heading to south Lebanon on the latest United Nations peacekeeping mission has insisted that all preparations necessary to combat the challenge of Covid-19 are being taken.

                              Over the last two weeks the troops of all ranks from across the country have been completing tactical training exercises at centres in the midlands and east.

                              Lieutenant Colonel Conor Bates said that a vaccination programme is under way in the camp. Two medical personnel will also be engaged in south Lebanon.

                              Lt Cl Bates is the officer commanding the 118th battalion. A member of 66th Cadet Class, he was commissioned in 1991 and posted to the 27th Infantry Battalion as a platoon commander. He has completed several tours of duty abroad and in Lebanon.


                              Lieutenant Colonel Conor Bates

                              The 118th Infantry Battalion will travel to south Lebanon next month as part of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) in two different missions.

                              Over the last two months, the unit was formally activated with forces reported to Custume Barracks, Athlone (Battalion headquarters and A Company), Gormanstown Army Camp, Co Meath (Recce Company) McKee Barracks, Dublin (Battalion Support Group) to begin administrative, logistical and tactical preparations for the deployment.

                              The travelling unit has a small international feel to it. Eleven of the 352 personnel involved are Maltese, with the remainder from Ireland.

                              The group will deploy in two parts to Lebanon, on 10 May and 31 May respectively, rotating with and replacing the 117 Infantry Battalion.



                              Prior to departure, a 14-day period of quarantine will be established in compliance with UN guidelines to ensure, with a high degree of confidence, personnel deployed for duty with UNIFIL are free of Covid-19.

                              The quarantine facility for both groups will be at Coolmoney Camp, Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow, commencing on 26 April and concluding in late May.

                              The soldiers will then say goodbye to family and friends and travel directly from quarantine to their designated aircraft carriers.

                              Upon arrival in the mission area, 118 Infantry Battalion will complete another quarantine in order to facilitate the hand over.

                              The soldiers will then commence operations as part of a multinational battalion, comprising of Irish, Maltese, Polish and Hungarian personnel in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.
                              • The total number of personnel deploying to UNIFIL with the 118th infantry Battalion on this rotation is 352 - 341 Irish and 11 Maltese.
                              • 18 women will deploy within the battalion.
                              • 78 personnel will be travelling overseas in an operational capacity with the Defence Forces for the first time.
                              • The soldiers and personnel travelling represent 28 counties. The five counties with the most representation are Westmeath, Kildare, Dublin, Cork and Offaly.
                              • Lieutenant Colonel Conor Bates - the Officer Commanding - is a native of Clonaslee, Co Laois and lives in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
                              • Gunner Scannel, serving with Recce Company, is the youngest member of the battalion at 19 years of age.
                              • CS Newcombe, Company Sergeant Battalion Support Group, is 58 and the oldest member of the contingent.
                              • Sergeant Higgins, a member of Recce Company, has completed the most overseas tours of duty of personnel within the 118 Infantry Battalion with a total of 16 tours. This deployment will be his 17th tour of duty.

                              Private Shayene O'Neill

                              For one young Athlone solider, duty with the UN in Lebanon will be especially poignant.

                              Private Shayene O'Neill is going back to a country where her grandmother's brother lost his life.

                              Private William O'Brien was killed when he was struck by a ricochet bullet while on sentry duty in south Lebanon in the 1980s.


                              Private William O'Brien

                              "My family has a deep association with the Defence Forces," she says.

                              "My grandfather was a member of the forces and we are very proud of my nanny's brother William who lost his life. I am very proud to be following in his footsteps."
                              https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2021...orces-lebanon/

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