In response to your point on Lebanonyou brought up Lebanon in post 49
Which part of ‘war fighting ops’ do you believe I missed?correct but since UNPROFOR has there been a major contribution of British troops to any, let’s say more robust, UN mission?
I’ve said before I have no problem. The trouble is we’ve been warfighting/COIN pretty much on and off since ‘68 plus various NATO Ops. We’ve been supplying SMEs on U.N. and EuFor ops for years. Just not formed units per se on U.N. ops other than Cyprus.People criticise the UN for not doing enough yet they partially control the mandate and then don’t provide troops.
I’m not saying you’re not doing anything. It’s in response to the rather pithy comment “...when is the UK going to join the party?”absolutely
But we do have a naval vessel in the Med on the EU mission, we have/had personnel training locals in Mali and Somalia, we had personnel with ISAF.
I’ve no problem with either force. They need strong RoEs as well. They also should be equipped by the U.N. including drones and the ability to conduct counter battery fire.If we hadn’t have put troops on the ground with UNDOF there was a very high possibility of the mission ceasing, that assists in preventing the conflict spreading (as does UNIFIL).