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Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol.

The UN has suspended the rotation home of more than 400 Irish peacekeepers deployed in Lebanon and Mali in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus. H(...)

Trooper Amy Crook and boyfriend Ger on return to Dublin. Photograph:  Peter Murtagh

Several members of an advance return party of the Defence Forces’ 48th Infantry Group deployed with the United Nations on the Golan Heights in Syria w(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)

President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath at the Irish UN memorial in the southern Lebanon village of Tibnin. Photograph: Mohammed Zaatari/AP

The 47 Irish soldiers who lost their lives during United Nations peacekeeping missions in south Lebanon have been honoured by President Michael D Hig(...)

Detail of a map of the Golan Heights for  Undof, the UN peacekeeping and observer force.

Six months of detailed planning, training, and organising all the complex, and at times competing, imperatives of mission converge in late March in (...)

An Irish  member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (gestures in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.  Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The Irish military’s status as being among the best peacekeepers and peace-enforcers in the world might seem like a tired cliché. There was nothing ti(...)

Members of the 46th Infantry Group training for deployment to Syria, in the Glen of Imaal today. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

The Defence Forces this afternoon used the Wicklow mountains to put on display some of the training and tools the 46th Infantry Group will be using on(...)

Mourners watch the funeral of teenager Muhammad Fahmi Krakara who was killed when an anti-tank projectile fired from within Syria struck near the border fence on the Golan Heights on Sunday. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

For the first time in 40 years, Israeli air force planes have hit front-line Syrian military positions on the Golan Heights. Nine Syrian army positio(...)

An Aer Corps helicopter lands to extract an injured soldier during an excercise in which 129 Defence Forces soldiers from the 44 Infantry Group entered the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights region of Syria. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The situation in Syria facing a new deployment of Irish troops travelling there in coming weeks is volatile and can worsen at any time and wit(...)

Israeli soldiers from the paratroopers brigade take part in a drill in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

More than 100 Irish soldiers have been deployed for a six-month stint in the Golan Heights in war-torn Syria. The troops from the 43rd Infantry Group (...)

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