Irish in the middle in African conflict

Irish troops in Chad have a clear mandate to protect the humanitarian effort, but warring forces may seek to draw them into the conflict, writes John Burke, Public Affairs Correspondent.

21st June, 2008

Irish troops in Chad have a clear mandate to protect the humanitarian effort, but warring forces may seek to draw them into the conflict, writes John Burke, Public Affairs Correspondent.

Irish troops on the ground in Chad are performing a difficult balancing act. Mandated to protect refugees and humanitarian aid workers, the almost 400strong Irish EU contingent must remain neutral even when bullets fly, and must refuse to be drawn into the conflict between government...

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