After the 2006 war, as Israel withdrew from Lebanon, part of UNIFIL’s mandate was to accompany and support the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) as they deployed throughout southern Lebanon for the first time in 30 years.
The LAF is responsible for maintaining a stable and secure environment throughout Lebanon. UNIFIL supports and works in close coordination with the LAF to monitor the cessation of hostilities and ensure that the area between the Litani River and the Blue Line is not utilized for hostile activities.
Since 2011, UNIFIL and the LAF have increased the number of joint patrols and training. The aim for UNIFIL is to hand over full security responsibility to the LAF and the Internal Security Forces.
In addition to LAF’s Fifth and Seventh brigades working alongside UNIFIL, the LAF deployed its Fifth Intervention Regiment to the UNIFIL area of operation in September 2017.