The German parliament has extended its deployment of peacekeeping troops off the coast of Lebanon.
(credit: German navy)
The mission is now slated to last until December 15, 2009, having started in the fall of 2006 to stabilize the situation after Israeli forces clashed in Lebanon with militias in the country. The German navy currently has three vessels and 230 troops deployed to the region, including the mine clearing ship Laboe.
The ships, along with vessels and sailors from other countries, are trying to stem the flow of weapons into Lebanon. The maritime task force is currently under French command.
The German navy’s mission includes training for their Lebanese counterparts. The Lebanese navy has dispatched several of its personnel to Germany for training.