Kazakh peacekeepers join UN mission in Lebanon


ALMATY -- A contingent of 120 Kazakh paratroopers left home Tuesday (October 30) for Lebanon, in what will be the nation's first major peacekeeping effort in years, Kazinform reported.

The Kazakh troops will be working alongside Indian peacekeepers as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Kazakh service members underwent combat training and studied Lebanese culture and English for the six-month rotation.

"We practiced our skills at the Steppe Eagle exercise with the armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom. The selection for the peacekeeping forces was very rigorous," said Sultan Sarmurzayev, commander of the 3rd Peacekeeping Platoon.

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