September 16, 2006

Creation of Command Center in Lebanon

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) - U.N. peacekeepers recall all too well when, faced with a hostile enemy, they had to answer to civilians to get approval to defend themselves or the local population - at times with deadly results.

But troops deploying to expand a long-ineffective U.N. force in Lebanon are touting the creation of the world body's first military command center - modeled partly on Centcom in the United States.

Along with the most powerful armor ever deployed by U.N. peacekeepers, the center gives new teeth to the 28-year UNIFIL force, which is set to grow from 2,000 to 15,000 troops to enforce a U.N.-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.
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