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Deployment of the Franco-Italian headquarters in Lebanon

Change of command (credit: Italian General Staff)
Change of command on October 14 (credit: Italian General Staff)

(B2) The non-permanent staff of the Franco-Italian Alpine brigade (EMNPBAFI) is, for the first time, deployed in operation, in Lebanon. Made up of 70 soldiers, including a majority of Italians and around twenty French soldiers, this staff has been integrated into the Italian staff of the western sector of UNIFIL, the United Nations force in Lebanon, since October 14 last. For six months, they will operate there under the command of Italian general Franco Federici, head of the Alpine brigade. Taurinense ". UNIFIL's western sector is made up of 3000 blue helmets from 13 countries.

A Franco-Italian project

The creation of this non-permanent binational brigade command (Non Standing Bi-National Brigade Command – NSBNB-C) is based on a bilateral agreement between France and Italy signed in September 2013 which aims to strengthen cooperation between the two country (Read: A joint Franco-Italian mountain brigade for 2015). Two brigades have been designated on each side of the Alps: the 27th mountain infantry brigade (27e BIM) on the French side, and the " brigata alpina Taurinense », Italian side. This ad hoc command can be made available to a multinational operation of the UN, EU or NATO type.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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