LEBANON: The Thin Blue Line

The most difficult operation of its kind in U.N. history

The Fiji Islanders and the Irish are still on the way, but already on the ground in southern Lebanon are some 4,500 blue-helmeted soldiers from France, Norway, Canada, Senegal, Nigeria, Iran and Nepal. These polyglot forces make up the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Its mandate: to form a buffer zone between the Israeli army and the guerrillas of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Last week TIME Cairo Correspondent Dean Brelis and Jerusalem Bureau Chief Donald Neff separately visited the region for a glimpse of what U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim...

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