Irish Maj. Gen. Michael Beary Tuesday delivers a speech as he takes over UNIFIL command, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The new head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon officially began his mission Tuesday.Gen. Luciano Portolano as the head of UNIFIL at a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi and other officials.Beary joined the Irish army as an infantry corps officer in 1975 .Beary will head UNIFIL's 10,500 peacekeepers deployed along Lebanon's southern border in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 .
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