Editorial: Our forces' plight is a global wake-up call
News that Irish troops have been involved in perilous missions to rescue other UN peacekeeping colleagues brings home several realities to all Irish citizens - not least how our brave men and women are putting their lives on the line to protect others.
It forcefully reminds us all what a dangerous powder keg the entire Middle Eastern region is right now as several related conflicts pose a real threat to world stability. It also points up the reality that Jihadis from Ireland are involved in Middle Eastern conflicts, notably in Syria.
Britain and Ireland are now cooperating on assessing this reality and Britain has notably this weekend raised its alert concerning terrorist attack to the second-highest available level.