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Our Troops Safe In Iraq Amid Tension Between Iran And USA

More than a hundred personnel serve under the United Nations Assistance Mission For Iraq (UNAMI).
09 Jan 2020 09:15
Our Troops Safe In Iraq Amid Tension Between Iran And USA
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel serving in Baghdad, Iraq, are safe despite escalating tension in the area.

More than a hundred personnel serve under the United Nations Assistance Mission For Iraq (UNAMI).

They are based in the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad. The zone includes some of the main offices of the Iraqi government, United Nations offices and the United States Embassy

Recent attacks include four mortar rounds, which hit the zone. Xinhua News reported that one of the rounds landed at the bank of the Tigris River close to the U.S. Embassy.

The headquarters of the Fiji’s Guard Unit is approximately 800 metres from the U.S. Embassy. Fiji’s Guard Unit plays a crucial role in enabling the various elements of UNAMI to achieve their objectives.

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said he had received the latest update from Commanding Officer of the Fiji Guard Unit, Lieutenant-Colonel Jofiliti Talemaibau.

“All is well and our troops are fine. They are on their normal daily taskings,” Rear Admiral Naupoto said.

The latest attacks into the Green Zone came after a U.S. drone attack ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump last Friday, which killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.

UNAMI was formed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1500 in 2003 at the request of the Iraqi government to support national development efforts throughout the country.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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