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UNIFIL Lebanon: artificers’ workshop

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The workshop for UN EOD teams (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) occurs today in the Lebanese military base of the municipality of Dibil. It has been organized by the Finnish-Irish Battalion, employed by UNIFIL Sector West.

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The activity is aimed to increase the interoperability of peacekeepers involved in EOD, a delicate operation to be carried out in a few minutes in case of discovery of bombs or of finding of the infamous IEDs, handcrafted improvised explosive devices, which deactivation is extremely complex. In addition to fulfilling their specific task, the bomb squad of UNIFIL assist the Lebanese Army team with skills and sophisticated materials.

The teams of 8 different nations participate in the international comparison: Italy, Ireland, Finland, China, Malaysia, Spain, Estonia and Cambodia. The occasion allowed the militaries to compare equipment and materials and to allow an exchange of information which is essential for the profession of artifice, continuously updated.

The know-how sharing and the consolidation of a collaborative spirit are fundamental prerogatives of the Lebanon peacekeeping mission. The Italian contingent is made up of specialized units of the Taurinense Brigade – part of to the 32° Engineers Regiment of Turin – who lead the Sector West in the south of the country. These same soldiers ensure the operations on ordnance in Italy: about 150 bombs were found in the regions of Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta.
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Lebanon, ITALBATT led by “Nizza Cavalry”

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Transfer of authority for ITALBATT in Lebanon. The handover between the Italian task force engaged in activities to support the local population and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), in compliance with the Resolution 1701 of the United Nations, has occurred today in the military base of Al Mansouri.

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The Commander of the Regiment “Nizza Cavalry”, Colonel Massimiliano Quarto, takes over the Commander of the Regiment “Genova Cavalry”, Colonel Giovanni Biondi. Since last April 21 2015, the transferor task force carried on many activities, including: 8.000 patrols to ensure the safety of the country, 400 operations conducted in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), to assist them in achieving the full operational capability in the south area of Litani River.

 

Through the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC), they also realized many projects in support of civilians in the 22 municipalities included in the ITALBATT intervention zone. All this, accordino to the framework assigned to the contingents by the UN: monitoring the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel, supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and supporting local, joining interforce training exercises, aimed at comparing and standardizing procedures in the context of military operations in Lebanon, as well as the consolidation of a necessary cohesion between the armed forces of the 39 countries that currently represent the multicultural environment of UNIFIL mission.

 

The next session of activities, concentrated in the border area between Israel and Lebanon, the so-called “blue line”, and in the coastal area south of Tyre, is now entrusted to staff Taurinense Alpine Brigade Regiment “Nizza Cavalry”, strenghtened by the “Alpini L’Aquila” Battalion.

 
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Italian Defense in the global context

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The Italian Defense increases efforts to maintain stability in crisis areas, by coming to terms with the new cuts imposed on the industry and maximizing international cooperation’s benefits.

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This is the new orientation of the national military policy, inserted into a global relationship system, that on the one hand guarantees the support of operational and technological synergies, on the other hand requires efficient answers to the new challenges posed by the global geopolitical context.

While America formally asks us to confirm the commitment to contain the problem of Ukraine and to calm the relation with Russia, Europe entrusts us a leading role in resolving the crisis that closely threatens Mediterranean. This means that we must establish an “impartial” dialogue with Middle East countries, reinforce the basic relations with Egypt, resolve the Libyan issue, monitor the migration routes and take responsibility for the stability of the whole area. In this perspective, Italy must be a leader in ensuring the effectiveness of collective instruments such as the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance for the strengthening of the EU Common Security and Defence, promoting the sharing of resources between countries’ members, also in terms of fiscal incentives for military sector. According to the White Defense Paper’s directives, presented by the Minister Pinotti, Italy aims to prefer the multilateral partnerships to the bilateral ones, contrary to the past, in order to enhance the transatlantic bond thanks to the agreement between the European dimension of Defense and NATO.

After defining the euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean regions as priority areas of intervention, the presence of our soldiers in marginal operations has been considerably reduced. Of the more than thirty missions spread across all continents, therefore, remain in operational twenty-four, in the ONU, NATO and EU settings. Among these, strategic missions are MIBIL UNIFIL in Lebanon, intended to support the population and the country’s structure after the Syrian conflict; the Resolute Support in Afghanistan, consecutive to ISAF and focused on training Afghan militias; KFOR in Kosovo, which provides support to humanitarian organizations assisting refugees; the two European Union Training Missions in Mali, against local terrorist groups, and in Somalia, where Italy participates in the European strategy for the Horn of Africa security; the “Prima Parthica” operation in Iraq, in contrast to the ISIS, and finally the MIL operation in Libya, started after the civil war resulted in the fall of Gheddafi.
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