United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Congo: Indian Army Contingent Carries out Helicopter Landed Area Domination Patrol as Part of MONUSCO in Bwesa

As part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, the Indian Army contingent carried out Helicopter Landed Area Domination Patrol (HLADP) and conducted extensive interaction with local population at Bwesa. The patrol was in continuation of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo (MONUSCO) Force’ endeavour to proactively ensure protection of civilians. History Created! Indian Army Commands Foreign Army Contingent During UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon.

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Earlier on May 2, to ensure protection of civilians and to support safe extrication of Child Armed Group Cadres, the Indian Army contingent launched Static Combat Deployment (SCD) at Mpati and successfully extricated 143 Child Cadres for rehabilitation. The SCD was also launched to tackle the armed group clashes in the country. Indian Army Rescues 2,500 Tourists Stuck in Snowfall Near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La.

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A similar operation was also launched on April 30 in Mpati. According to a report published in The Financial Express, the 21 RAJ RIF battalion under the UN Blue Helmets is assessing the prevailing security situation and is reassuring the local population of MONUSCO support. Presently, 20,000 UN peacekeepers are deployed in Congo, out of which 4,000 are Indian Army soldiers. According to the United Nations, out of the 3,737 peacekeepers who have died since 1948, 163 have been from India, the highest total from any troop-contributing country. India is presently the third largest contributor of military and police personnel to the United Nations Peacekeeping with 6,693 deployed on various UN peacekeeping missions. Two Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Gunned Down in Jammu And Kashmir’s Anantnag on Thursday; 71 Terrorists Killed So Far in 2019, 43 After Pulwama Attack.

Meanwhile, the MONUSCO took over from an earlier UN peacekeeping operation in Congo – the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) on 1 July 2010. It was done in accordance with Security Council resolution 1925 of 28 May to reflect the new phase reached in the country. The new mission has been authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.

(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Army)

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History Created! Indian Army Commands Foreign Army Contingent During UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon

Indian Soldiers in UN peacekeeping Mission in Congo (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi)

For the first time in history, The Indian Army has commanded a foreign army contingent during the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission. A company of Kazakhstan Army has been co-deployed with 11 JAT Infantry Battalion of the Indian Army in Lebanon. The 11 JAT Infantry Battalion received the Kazakh company which arrived at Rafik Hariri International Airport at Beirut. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Kazakhstan’s Minister of Defence Nurlan Yermekbayev flagged off the ceremony of the Kazakhstan contingent which will join the Indian Army battalion in the UN Peacekeeping mission.  Troop reinforcement will also be routed through India.

According to reports, there are about 120 Kazak troops out of 900 troops deployed in the region. A total of 30 Kazak soldiers will be part of Battalion Headquarters to take decisions on the operational and administrative issues. The Kazak Company is commanded by Major Ayan Nurkassov, whereas Colonel Jeevan B is Commanding Officer of the 11 JAT. He is also the overall commander of the unit located in Marjayoun area.

The Indian Unit in Lebanon is deployed in about 40 kilometres out of the total 121 kilometres of the Blue Line demarcating the border between Lebanon and Israel. Indian and Kazakhstan share a strong defence ties. Kazakhstan defence personnel generally undergo training at various Indian army institutes including Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academies.

If we talk about India’s contribution in the UN peacekeeping missions, so far the country has taken part in 43 peacekeeping missions, and close to 2 lakh Indian soldiers participated in them. The country is sending its soldiers in peacekeeping missions since 1950. Currently, India soldiers are serving in 13 missions out of 16. During the Defence Expo held in Chennai in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded India’s contribution in UN peacekeeping missions.