Category: United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, Australia

Categories: Australian Defence Force

United Nations Peacekeeping Missions are conducted to help countries torn by conflict to create conditions for lasting peace." Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. United Nations peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel. Australians were the first peacekeepers to serve under United Nations auspices when they sent military observers to Indonesia in 1947 during their independence struggle. About 65,000 Australian personnel have participated in more than fifty peacekeeping operations, in about 25 different conflicts. Forty Australians were killed and 254 wounded in Afghanistan (2001-13). Three soldiers lost their lives during the Second Gulf War in Iraq (2003-09), although not to combat.

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