S. Korea to send troops to replace its contingent UN peacekeepers in Lebanon

14:51, January 21, 2010      

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South Korea will send 359 troops to Lebanon to replace the South Korean contingent in the United Nations peacekeeping force there, the Korean Army said Thursday.

In the country's sixth such deployment to the region, the Dongmyeong Unit will be tasked with surveillance, civil operations and cooperation with the Lebanese forces, according to the army.

South Korea first deployed troops there in 2007 as part of the U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFL), to join the U.N.-led efforts to secure regional stability after the Middle Eastern country was plagued by a war with Israel, with which it shares borders.

Source: Xinhua
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