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# golan-heights - Monday 1 September, 2014

"Not an acceptable level of risk": UN mission review needs to happen now, says Coveney

The United Nations needs to conduct a full review of the UNDOF mission before Ireland’s next rotation of troops, the Defence Minister said.

# golan-heights - Sunday 31 August, 2014

I'm not going to pull troops out of Golan before UN review --- Coveney

Irish troops carried out a daring rescue mission of their Filipino colleagues yesterday. The fate of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji captured by rebels still remains unknown.

# golan-heights - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s been talking about the Irish operation in the Golan Heights, a tragic road crash in Cork, rail talks… and VERY LOUD NOISES.

Irish soldiers "safe and accounted for" after daring rescue mission

Irish troops staged an operation to evacuate UN troops from an area where heavy fighting was taking place.

Peacekeepers clash with Syrian rebels at Golan Heights

The clash took place at 6am, but morale is still said to be high among the troops.

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.

# golan-heights - Friday 29 August, 2014

Irish peacekeepers safe but "on high alert" after Golan Heights kidnappings

Irish personnel secured a route and provided security as UNDOF troops withdrew from a position today.

# golan-heights - Thursday 28 August, 2014

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights

The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.

Irish troops on high alert after rebels capture Golan Heights border crossing

But they’re safe at the moment.

# golan-heights - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Irish peacekeeping troops experiencing 'some harassment' in Syria

Another 130 troops will deploy to the area next month.

# golan-heights - Monday 31 March, 2014

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Watch: Irish troops return home from their six-month tour of duty in Syria

A couple even got to meet their newborns for the first time.

# golan-heights - Saturday 22 February, 2014

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Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria?

Ireland’s 44 Infantry Group are heading to the Golan Heights in March.

# golan-heights - Thursday 26 December, 2013

WATCH: How Irish troops abroad spent their Christmas Day

Santa suits in Lebanon and a diverse kitchen staff in Syria, this is how our troops spent the day.

# golan-heights - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target

The Minister for Defence said we must accept we are putting troops in harm’s way when we deploy them to these types of operations.

# golan-heights - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Irish troops' vehicle in Syria blast 'struck a mine' while reversing

Troops came under fire last week while travelling in a UN convoy.

# golan-heights - Friday 29 November, 2013

Irish troops 'fully committed to Golan Heights task' - Shatter

An estimated 36 Irish troops were on patrol yesterday when their convoy was hit by an unknown blast.

# golan-heights - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Irish troops in Syria return fire after being hit by "unknown blast"

An estimated 36 Irish troops were on patrol when their convoy was hit but none sustained any serious injuries.

# golan-heights - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Artillery rounds land metres from Irish troops in Syria gun battle

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces said all 39 of the Irish troops involved returned to their base camp “safe and sound”.

# golan-heights - Monday 30 September, 2013

Explainer: What are Irish troops doing in Syria?

115 Irish Defence Forces personnel have now arrived at their new base. Why were they sent there? How long is the mission? How will they spend their downtime? Your questions, answered.

# golan-heights - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Irish troops arrive in Syria for UNDOF mission after three week delay

The mission was postponed at the request of the UN. The main body of the Irish contingent arrived at their new HQ last night.

# golan-heights - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Gilmore to meet UN Secretary General for Syria talks

The Tánaiste will also address the United Nations General Assembly later today.

# golan-heights - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

UN delays Irish troops heading to the Golan Heights by three weeks

Commandant Denis Hanly said the United Nations requested the troops to be delayed “for administration reasons”.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

Corporal: 'We joined the army, it's part of the job description'

The first Irish troops deploy to the Golan Heights today to join the UNDOF mission.

# golan-heights - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Shatter to review troops ahead of Syria deployment

The 115 members of the 43rd Infantary Group will head out to the Golan Heights to take part in a UN mission in the coming days.

# golan-heights - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Irish soldiers ‘trained, ready, focussed and looking forward’ to Syria mission sits down with Captain James O’Hara to discuss his imminent deployment to the Golan Heights.

# golan-heights - Friday 23 August, 2013

Irish troops to deploy to Syria in early September

A total of 115 members of the Irish Defence Forces will join the United Nation’s mission in the Golan Heights next month.

# golan-heights - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Ireland wants to send troops to Syria

The Dáil has to approve a decision by the Cabinet and Minister Alan Shatter to send members of the Defence Forces to a UN mission in the Golan Heights.

# golan-heights - Friday 17 May, 2013

Turkey and US demand Assad stand down

The US President and Turkish Prime Minister met in Washington to discuss Syria’s ongoing, bloody conflict.

# golan-heights - Monday 6 June, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Monday

In your Fix for this bank holiday Monday: Aer Lingus pilots’ strike averted; good news from the IMF; Turmoil in Syria; Another Cheryl Cole u-turn; Wayne Rooney’s new hair; and do you feature in our mini-marathon gallery?

'$10,000 if your relative dies': how the Syrian regime 'paid' protesters to storm Israeli border

Syria’s opposition party claims that the under-fire regime of president Bashar Assad paid protesters to storm the border at the Golan Heights yesterday, promising money to the families of those who died.

Death toll from Golan border violence rises to 20 as Syrian police stop protesters

Syrian police are today stopping pro-Palestinian protesters from reaching the border a day after Israeli troops opened fire on protesters, reportedly killing 20.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Talks between Aer Lingus and pilots continue through the night, UN says there should be prosecutions over the Magdalene Laundries and Portugal’s government falls.

# golan-heights - Sunday 5 June, 2011

Fourteen people now dead as Israel opens fire on Syrian protesters along border

Local doctors confirmed the death toll as Israeli soldiers opened fire on protesters who stormed the border into the Golan Heights which Israeli seized from Syria in 1967.

# golan-heights - Saturday 21 May, 2011

Little hope of Middle East resolution as Netanyahu rejects Obama's 'unrealistic' view of region

Having begun the week looking at ways in which to move things forward in the Middle East, Barack Obama appears to have done little to appease either Israel or Palestine.

# golan-heights - Monday 16 May, 2011

Israeli forces remain on alert after protests which killed 15

Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces have fired warning shots at an aid ship heading for Gaza. Two Irish people are believed to be on board.