Posts tagged ‘Irish soldiers’

November 29, 2013

Irish troops fired on by Syrian rebel units

Source: Irish Times

Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission in Syria have come under fire from anti-government armed forces, with a number of their vehicles damaged in a morning ambush.

It is the first time Irish troops have been fired on in Syria and the first occasion an Irish vehicle carrying troops has been hit on any UN mission in recent memory.

While no serious injuries were reported, the attack will likely lead to an escalation in security measures for the Irish in the Golan Heights region.

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July 17, 2013

Irish government sending troops to Golan Heights to contain Syrian Civil War

Irish troops deployed to the Golan Heights

Irish troops deployed to the Golan Heights

Source: Irish Times

More than 100 Irish troops are to be be sent to war-torn Syria as part of a United Nations observer force later this summer.

The Government yesterday approved the deployment of a 114-strong mechanised infantry unit to the Golan Heights at the request of the UN.

A Government spokesman said the Irish troops would not be acting as peacekeepers or peace enforcers but in an observer capacity.

“They will be in a position to respond quickly to situations as they develop,” he added. The addition of Irish troops will bring the UN force up to a strength of 1,250.

Last month, the Austrian government announced it was withdrawing its 380-strong force from the Golan Heights because the area had become too dangerous. Continue reading