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Our Iraq Troops Safe: RFMF

Fijians serving as the United Nations Guard Unit in Baghdad are safe. This is despite media reports that the Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen to the radical Islamic group
20 May 2015 10:57
Our Iraq Troops Safe: RFMF

Fijians serving as the United Nations Guard Unit in Baghdad are safe. This is despite media reports that the Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen to the radical Islamic group ISIS.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said our men serve “quite a distance” from where the fighting was taking place.

There are currently 168 RFMF personnel serving in Baghdad.

Colonel Qiliho said the Guard Unit was in the Green Zone.  The Zone is a heavily-guarded diplomatic/government area of closed-off streets in central Baghdad where international authorities live and work.

“We are confident that there is no need to pull them out. The UN decides that and they have not reached that stage,” Colonel Qiliho said.

International media reports concur that ISIS militants could march on the Iraq capital, Baghdad, within weeks.

But Colonel Qiliho said: “That has been happening for months and the UN has contingencies in place.

“When they need to make that call to evacuate, they will make that call. The RFMF and the Fiji Government will continue to work with UN security analysts in regards to that.”

He said the Department of Safety and Security Analysis were closely monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, at least 40 troops from Iraq will arrive in Nadi today as part of a normal rotation.

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

                              

 




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