UN Receives Offers of Thousands of Troops for Lebanon Mission

Bloomberg: “Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal were among nations that offered thousands of troops to a United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon as Israel’s military transferred control of 50 percent of the region to the UN. “I think we’re in business,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown said after envoys of almost 50 nations attended a closed meeting of potential troop contributors. The UN wants to deploy about 3,500 troops within two weeks and eventually increase to 15,000 the current force of 2,000.”