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Friday 24 March 2017

Troops put through paces before tour of duty

Commandant Aine Flynn takes aim during an excercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co.Wicklow as the 51st Infantry Group prepare for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. Photo: Michael Kelly
Commandant Aine Flynn takes aim during an excercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co.Wicklow as the 51st Infantry Group prepare for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. Photo: Michael Kelly
Soldier Tara McKeever gives the thumbs up as she prepares for an excercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co.Wicklow
Sergeant Tara Kennedy scans the terrain from a Mowag
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Almost 200 troops have been put through their paces to face some of the challenges they could meet in the Middle East.

The soldiers, from the 51st Infantry Group, tackled gunfire, tanks and military incidents in the Glen of Imaal, Co. Wicklow, ahead of a six-month deployment to Lebanon.

Some 190 members of the Defence Forces will join the United Nations Interim Force Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission in the coming weeks.

The peacekeepers will form part of an Irish and Finnish battalion and will monitor the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel. They will also patrol the surrounding area.

The Glen of Imaal has long been associated with training for the Defence Forces and is often used for live fire tactical training.

Described as the closest training to actual combat, it involves a simulated night attack where troops dodge enemy bullets while attempting to advance.

Irish Independent

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