Josh Wood

A journalist's observations on Lebanon and elsewhere

UNIFIL 32 Years On

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Nepalese troops patrol near the UN-demarcated Blue Line in Blida, southern Lebanon in early November. Photo by Sam Tarling.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon was first dispatched to southern Lebanon in 1978 to confirm Israel’s withdrawal for the area.  After this much time, the “interim” part of UNIFIL’s title seems a little unnecessary.  Out of UN peacekeeping missions, UNIFIL has been the deadliest. Despite its role of monitoring the precarious divide between Israel and Lebanon and enforcing Security Council Resolution 1701 – which ended the 2006 war – UNIFIL doesn’t get talked about too too much.

In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune I wrote an article about UNIFIL’s balance between mission and the local population.  See it here: U.N. Peacekeepers Walk Fine Line in Lebanon’s South

For more stuff on UNIFIL, try reading Joshua Hersh‘s August piece from the Abu Dhabi-based paper The National here or my piece on UNIFIL’s economy in Executive Magazine here.

Sam Tarling was along for my latest jaunt into southern Lebanon as usual and had a nice picture run in yesterday’s paper, though not on the online version.  I’ll try to get a PDF of the actual page up soon.


Written by woodenbeirut

November 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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