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# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
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# Defence Forces
After facing a delay, Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights and Syria this evening
The soldiers are now due to touch down at Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tonight, where they will be greeted by their families.
# UN peacekeeping
Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon
The issue emerged on Monday morning as the troops were preparing to return from UN peacekeeping.
Concern for Irish troops in Syria as Russia and US plan safe zone
There are concerns that this new safe zone could be safeguarded by Russian and US troops.
# Defence Forces
Coveney satisfied UN will review Irish troops' Golan Heights mission
He said that he’s satisfied they acceded to his request for a review.
# Syria
Coveney confirms Irish troops will return to Golan Heights amid increased tensions
Opposition TDs Mick Wallace and Richard Boyd Barrett disagree with the move.
# Golan Heights
The rebel group holding 45 UN soldiers wants to be taken off the UN's terror list
The Al-Nusra Front want their group taken off the UN’s list of terrorist organisations, as well as compensation for fighters injured in recent days.
# Golan Heights
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.
# Syria
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.
Filipino UN peacekeepers defy Syrian rebels in Golan Heights standoff
Syrian rebels captured 43 Fijian soldiers yesterday.
# Golan Heights
Irish peacekeeping troops experiencing 'some harassment' in Syria
Another 130 troops will deploy to the area next month.
# Syria
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.
# Defence Forces
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
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.
# Syria
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”.
# cathal brugha barracks
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
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
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.