Golan Heights

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A file photo taken on October 19th, 1973 shows Israeli defence minister Gen Moshe Dayan (R) looking towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, four days after the beginning of the Yom Kippur War. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thursday’s tweet by US president Donald Trump stating that it was time for the US to “fully recognise” Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights is (...)

Sgt Valerie Cole 55th Infantry Group Irish Defence Forces. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The 130 men and women of the 55th Infantry Group poised to deploy next month to the Golan Heights in Syria as part of the United Nations Disengagement(...)

A UN ceasefire observer gives orders.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Commandant David Lavin is the United Nations ceasefire equivalent of a lighthouse keeper.He works at UN observation post No 51 in the Israeli-occupied(...)

Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forces have released their statistics for 2014, which show that army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs than in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs this year than in 2013, in an otherwise busy year for Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forc(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney accompanied by Lt Col Dennis Harrington (left) Officer Commanding , at a review of the 46th Infantry Group at a ceremony in Custume Barracks, Athlone. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney will today brief the Cabinet on the deployment of Irish peacekeeping troops to the Golan Heights following the rece(...)

 Simon Coveney: “We need to get significant reassurance from the UN and if possible from the Israeli and Syrian side . . . that we can operate a UN mission in relative safety.”  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the UN mandate under which Irish troops are serving in the Golan Heights will have to be re-evaluated in light of det(...)

Israeli soldiers observe the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Irish troops evacuated 35 UN peacekeepers from a Syrian camp this morning as al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels surrounded a number of encampments in the (...)

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(...)

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade take part in an exercise near the border with Syria at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The tense relations between Israel and Syria deteriorated further yesterday with a cross-bord(...)