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UNIFIL: Italian peacekeepers helps Lebanese ISF

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Lebanese authorities are deeply grateful toward the peacekeepers of the UNIFIL mission. The Italian contingent, currently made up of units of the Taurinense Alpine Brigade, completed and inaugurated an important project in favor of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF), near two of their facilities in the city of Tyre, in the south of the country.

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Specifically, they completed deliveries of four generators of medium and large capacity, installed in the main bases of the ISF to implement the provision of electricity of the centers of command and control of the Internal Security Forces, compensating for the lack of energy, which – in that area – is limited to few hours in daylight.

During the inauguration ceremony, held in base of the command of the 2nd mobile Regiment of ISF, local authorities have expressed appreciation for the cooperation and the proximity of the Italian contingent, dedicated to the support of the Lebanese armed forces as required by UN Resolution 1701.

 

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Lebanon: Renzi visits Italian contingent

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Official visit of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the Italian contingent in Lebanon, to verify the situation on the entire area of UNIFIL operation and to compliment the work of Italian troops in the south of the country. Accompanied by General Claudio Graziano, Chief of the Defence Staff, the Prime Minister has reached the military base Millevoi in Shama, the headquarters of the West Sector of UNIFIL, currently leaded by the Alpine Brigade “Taurinense”.

Waiting for him, the Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL, Major General Luciano Portolano, and the Commander of national Contingent, Brigadier General Franco Federici. Informal and warm Christmas greetings made by Renzi, who wanted to meet men and women of our contingent informally, expressing the closeness of the Italian government to them and to their families.

Great praise for the armed forces involved in peacekeeping missions and peacekeepers of Taurinense in Lebanon, operating within the framework of UN Resolution 170 in order to monitor the cessation of hostilities, support the Lebanese Armed Forces, and ensure appropriate support for the people local. «You are highly professional soldiers, you carry out your precious work in the service of the Italian institutions and peace, far away from your loved ones. You make us proud to be Italian», concluded the Prime Minister.

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Europe: new coast guard protecting borders

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The European Commission has decided to establish a European border and coast guard to ensure a strong and shared management of external borders. Regarding the principle of free movement of people, the new control body will protect the Schengen area and control migratory flows, through systematic inspections, based on the comparison with relevant databases.

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“The european coast guard and border – said Frans Timmermans, first Vice President of the European Commission – will identify any weaknesses in real time, thanks to the collective capacity to effectively manage crisis situations, in which a section of the external borders is subjected to pressure”. The new body will have a reserve team fast coastguard and a park of technical equipment made available by the Member States: the Agency will be able to count on at least 1.500 experts, whose intervention can be deployed within three days, obviating the need for workers or equipment for operations.

It will set up a monitoring and risk analysis centre to control migration flows in the EU and to analyze risk and vulnerability assessments of weaknesses. Europe also enshrines a right to intervene: the Member States can apply for joint operations and rapid border interventions.

In case of significant migration that threatens the Schengen area, the Commission will establish the urgent collective. Coastguards will be part of the national coast guard and border European insofar as border control operations take place. Finally, the responsibility with respect to the internal security is fundamental, in terms of control of cross-border crime and terrorism, in terms of combating cross-border crime and terrorism along with other EU agencies and international organizations.

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“The Islamic State”: the book of AGC

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On December 12 the book “The Islamic state”, published by AGC Communications and written by various authors, will be presented in Rome. The book aims to clarify the dynamics of the threat endangering the West.

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The Islamic State represent the only real event of the third millennium, it can rely on well-trained and armed men with clear objectives: gas and oil pipelines, dams, power plants, commercial hub, fertile agricultural areas. Collecting taxes and popular support, it has a court and take instruction for the education of its citizens.

It attracts those who are searching the one Ummah, a community without borders or distinctions of race, offering job opportunities and even career chances. In this State where orphans, poor and elderly are very important, and leader takes a backseat to the Ummah. If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dies, he will be replaced by a successor elected by the Shura council in concert with the tribal leaders. It’s a complex socio-cultural system, which harmoniously blends traditional elements such as the observance of the Koran, the Sunnah, the principles of medieval texts, the modernity of social media, mass media and communication, information and disinformation, not neglecting a rich film production.

The Islamic State represents an effective combination of philosophy, technology and logic. The news agency AGC Communications works on open sources and monitors the foreign press, with specific reference to the Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus. The book contains a warning to Western governments: if you send ground forces, and if they were captured, they will die in the same manner of the Syrian and Iraqis soldiers, of aid workers taken captive, as the gruesome executions filmed show us. In this war started by the Islamic State there is no place for war prisoners, the only purpose is bringing about “the promise of Allah”, the personal “Armageddon” of the third millennium Caliphate.

 

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Lebanon: Alpine B. helps population and LAF

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The activity of the Italian soldiers engaged in the UNIFIL mission continues both in terms of cooperation with the local armed forces, than of support to the population. In these last days the General Staffs of the UNIFIL Sector West, based Taurinense Alpine Brigade, met the 5th Brigade of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in the military base of Shama.

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An important meeting, aimed at increasing integration and joint activities between the two Chiefs by planning common trainings. At the same time, the initiatives in favour of the local population carry on: in late November, Lebanese Red Cross of Tiro has received materials for hospital and healthcare, offered by donors from Novara and delivered by the soldiers of ITALBATT, the maneuver unit of the UNIFIL Italian contingent, currently based Nizza Cavalry Regiment.

“The donation was made possible thanks to the solidarity and cooperation shown by the Hospital “Maggiore della Carità”, by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, by the “National Alpine Association – Novara section” and by the Oleggio Red Cross, important organizations who wanted to support actively the initiatives promoted for Lebanon by Nizza Regiment, ” as Colonel Massimiliano Quarto, commander of Italbatt, declared during the ceremony. The equipment – which includes 14 inpatient beds with mattresses and fireproof pillows, 1 stair lift and 1 multipurpose chair for disabled, 5 wheelchairs, and numerous boxes of disposables from surgery – will be used by the Red Cross for the normal activities of the hospital, and for subsequent distribution at home for chronic patients followed by the voluntary organization.
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Alpine Taurinense redeployment in Lebanon

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Handover for the Combat Service Support Battalion of the Joint Task Force Lebanon, in the base “Millevoi” of Shama, Headquarters of the Italian contingent.

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Logistics Regiment “Taurinense” Rivoli (To), under the command of Colonel Sergio Conte, replaced the Logistic Regiment “Friuli” Budrio (Bo), under the command of Colonel Daniele Bolzoni. The commander of Sector West of UNIFlL, who attended the ceremony, thanked the soldiers of Logistics Regiment Friuli for their work and their commitment, especially for supporting the entrance into Lebanon of the Alpine Taurinense Brigade, who is conducting the first term in the “cedars’ land. “

During the past half operating, the military Logistics Regiment Friuli ensured the logistical movements by land and sea to the staff of the Italian contingent inflowing and outflowing from Lebanon, managed supplies and ensured the efficiency of equipment and materials. The health unit, who provided assistance to the staff of the base of Shama, carried out several significant “Medical Care” interventions in favor of local population. Finally, the Commander, wished a good work to “his” Logistics Regiment, that completes the deployment of the Alpine Brigade in Lebanon.
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UNIFIL Lebanon, Italy: water tank in school

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Italian peacekeepers based on Alpina Taurinense Brigade have completed the construction of a covered cistern for collecting rainwater in the school of Ayta Ash Sha’b, in South Lebanon, attended by disabled children.

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The project, carried out by the joint task force within the civil military cooperation, pursues the objectives set by Resolution 1701 for the improvement of living conditions in Lebanese villages. It has been realized thanks to the Italian funds dedicated to the development of civil and military cooperation projects.

The work just inaugurated allows better operation and rationalization of institute water resources, devoided of water tanks, thus confirming the excellent relationships existing between local population and Italian peacekeepers.

Protagonist of the delivering, the Alpine Taurinense Brigade, maneuver unit of the Italian Army deployed in Lebanon since about a month in UNIFIL mission. For the first time, our soldiers operate in bi-national and non-permanent Italo-French conformation. The inaugural ceremony was attended by the commander of the Western Sector of UNIFIL and of Italian contingent, civil and religious authorities of the village including mayor Youssefi Srour, elders and school teachers of Ayta Ash Sha’b. All them expressed appreciation and gratitude for the work done.
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UNIFIL, Italy: new soccer field in Jinnata

Sustaining population, developing socio-cultural integration and fighting poverty. The construction of a soccer field in the Jinnata Lebanese municipality, near the city Tiro city, reflects these objectives.

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The sport facility was completed by the Italian contingent operating in the UNIFIL Sector West, the Alpina Taurinense Brigade, and delivered to the population during a groundbreaking ceremony. The event was attended by numerous Lebanese authorities, including the “Quaemaquan” Tyre Jaffal Mohammed Ali, the president of Tiro municipality, Abed Al Mohsen al Houssayini and the mayor of the municipality.

Supervised by specialists of the Multinational CIMIC Group, the project was carried out thanks to the Italian funds allocated for the development of the civil and military cooperation. In accordance with the objectives established by Resolution 1701, to support and improve the living conditions of the southern Lebanon people, the Sector West commander has highlighted the importance of “confidence building”, the process of trust and transparency bulding based on mutual co-operation between all actors in south Lebanon.
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Migrants: phase 2 of EUNAVFOR MED is started

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The second phase of EUNAVFOR MED, “Sofia”, started in October. It takes name from a Somali child born during a critic journey in the Mediterranean and rescued by a German ship last August.

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The project aims to stop the trafficking of human beings intercepting smugglers in the sea. The monitoring of international waters, aims to search, control and seize suspicious craft, and it is entrusted to military ships, helicopters and drones. All this, within the framework of the objectives set in July by the European Union to stem the crisis of migrants in the Mediterranean: identification, arrest and destruction of boats and means used by traffickers.

Currently, six European warships are engaged offshore Libya: an Italian one, an English one, a French one, a Spanish one and two German, but later this month three other means should be made available from England, Belgium and Slovenia. Four helicopters, many drones and 1300 military will be added to these.

According to Admiral Enrico Credendino, head of mission, “the order is enforcing law by the use of force, to dislocate traffickers’ business. While the first phase aimed to find the necessary information about transnational criminal network, the second phase provides for the boarding of vessels, their inspection, the reception of migrants, the arrest of traffickers and the destruction of their boats. All this, however, within international waters, 12 nautical miles away from the Libyan coast. We need a United Nations decision and an invitation from Libyan government to operate directly in the territorial waters. The third next phase would allow the temporary landing on the ground for the destruction of smugglers’ structures “.

This last phase, which hasn’t yet received the green light of the EU, would actually be the most effective, since it is in Libyan waters that most of the smugglers operate, but – as the Italian Foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni says – ”UN Security Council can’t authorize this intervention without the express request of Libya “.

14 European countries are participating in EUNAVFOR MED: Italy, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Slovenia, Greece, Luxembourg, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden. The costs of military intervention – apart from an annually European contribution of 12 million Euros – are supported by the individual participating countries. Italy has contributed to the mission with a budget of 26 million euro and 1.020 soldiers.
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Lebanon, Alpina T. Brigade: cardiac screening for students

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The activities performed by Italian Army in favor of local people carry on in South Lebanon.

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The staff of the Alpina Taurinense Brigade followed up the activities of medical cardiological screening in synergy with the civil-military cooperation cell (CIMIC), composed of specialists who belong to the Multinational CIMIC Group of Motta di Livenza, and of medical units of “level 1” based in Shama, headquarter of the western sector of UNIFIL, under Italian command.

Students of institutes and schools located in Sothern Lebanon have benefited of medical monitoring, started from the 130 students of Alma Ash Shaab high school. Specifically, about 20 visits were carried out with its track by electrocardiogram and measurement of oxygen saturation, history and physical examination of the carotid pulses. These initiatives are contextualized within the support and assistance activities in favour of local population and institutions promoted by the multinational mission UNIFIL, in execution of Resolution 1701 of the Security Council of the United Nations.

The cardiac screening for children was inaugurated at the ned of last September by the Italian CIMIC staff in the educational center for disabled people of Ayta Ash Shaab, a southern Lebanon village, which houses 123 children aged between 2 and 25 years. Humanitarian interventions carried out by Italian contingent based on site are particularly appreciated by local people, who live in conditions of poverty and instability as a result of repeated conflicts with Israel and because of the near Syrian crisis.

Father Maroun Ghafari, director of the first institute monitored by medical units, expressed heartfelt gratitude to our soldiers for their continued support and attention devoted to his students.
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