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    Estonian peacekeepers train Lebanese soldiers

    TALLINN, Jun 12, BNS - Estonian troops serving on the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in South Lebanon trained Lebanese soldiers in the recognition of improvised explosive devices and tactical action against them.

    The three-day course on the recognition of IEDs is the Estonian infantry company's first training session for Lebanese troops. It is planned to arrange similar trainings in the future as well, spokespeople for the Estonian defense forces said.

    "Similarly to these members of the Scouts Battalion sharing their knowledge and experience with soldiers in Estonia, here's an excellent opportunity to support local structures of power in ensuring security with their experience," 2nd Lt. Hannes Reinup, the chief of ESTPLA-25, said.

    One of the tasks of the Estonian infantry unit is to provide support to the Lebanese armed forces, which is primarily done through joint patroling of the demarcation line between Lebanon and Israel but also by passing on the know-how and skills gained on missions to Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The Estonian contingent that is part of the Finnish-Irish battalion consists of approximately 40 personnel.

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    • Published: 12.06.2018 13:35
    • LETA, BNS
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