Peacekeeping? Busting the myth

Peacekeeping? Busting the myth.

This post was updated on 11 July 2017. There are no peacekeeping forces in Syria  or Libya. The peacekeeping situation highlighted below has not changed.
This also applies to the many fake doctors who claim to be working for the United Nations, or as they would say “United Nation

One of the largest fraudulent profile groups is undoubtedly the Military. Indeed scammers find them the fastest way to mass theft there is and that’s why they do it. Fake Generals abound and often claiming to be the real deal when it comes to hunting out victims. Very often the pictures use photos of a real General even if a profile name has actually no direct match, but there again many false profiles will claim to be that real one. However rank is not important to a scammer who will often claim to be a Sergeant or a Staff Sergeant, Captain or Colonel, it doesn’t really matter to them.

We do also hear of a large number of fake doctors always working in exotic places, or more precisely, like the military, Afghanistan, Syria, and in Nigeria and Ghana.

It doesn’t really matter what photos are used, we see a lot of civilian faces attached to pictures of soldiers using Photoshop or similar editing tools, and as many civilian profiles and pictures claiming to be military. The target group is however female and largely from non English speaking countries where poor language in written text and wrong accents in spoken words may not be recognised. The bulk of the scammers claim they are US forces and while some others are shown, it is less common. These scammers however have a ready escape from the realities of being in a war zone and are invariably saying they are PEACEKEEPING.

Peacekeeping comes under the auspices of the United Nations. Military service personnel still serve under their country’s military administration and the United Nations have nothing to do with mundane matters such as Leave, Plane Flights and so on. Soldiers never have to pay for such things anyway but all that is another story, the fact is that if anyone is sent a so called form from United Nations it is always fake. Peacekeeping therefore provides a great many excuses to tell lies aside from being an obvious lie in it’s own right.

The facts about peacekeeping.

No country can just march into a sovereign state and carry out “peacekeeping duties”. That would be an invasion. Such actions usually depend on UN Security Council resolutions when intervention in a local crisis is needed to prevent loss of life. Sometimes it is at the request of one participant in the crisis. Any military from all countries who are part of UN can take part.

There are currently only 16 UN peacekeeping operations going on so it is easy to debunk the lies. We will take these individually and expand it as necessary. We are quoting UN text and will reference them.

MINURSO, Western Sahara




MONUSCO, D.R. of the Congo

UNAMID, Darfur

UNDOF, Golan


UNIFIL, Lebanon


UNMIK, Kosovo

UNMIL, Liberia

UNMISS, South Sudan

UNMOGIP, India and Pakistan

UNOCI, Côte d’Ivoire

UNTSO, Middle East

We are going to take out some of them and provide no information. We can’t say “never” but we’ll just concentrate on the ones you will most often see and explain as far as possible about the lies behind it

1. Peacekeeping in Afghanistan? There are no peacekeeping forces there. The closest you can come to it is here:

Observing the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.
The first group of United Nations military observers arrived in the mission area on 24 January of 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. These observers, under the command of the Military Adviser appointed by the UN Secretary-General, formed the nucleus of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Following renewed hostilities of 1971, UNMOGIP has remained in the area to observe developments pertaining to the strict observance of the ceasefire of 17 December 1971 and report thereon to the Secretary-General.

        Any claim to be peacekeeping in Afghanistan is a lie and if you see that it is a scam.

2. Peacekeeping in Syria? No there are not. The only military inside Syria are special forces and they are not using the Internet and talking to you nor discussing their job. There are No UN doctors there either. The claim is that they often live in Aleppo or Damascus and any other town in Syria. The same goes for Iraq. No peacekeeping forces are in Iraq. The only military from US etc. are special forces and they are not using the Internet and talking to you nor discussing their job.

Supervising ceasefire and disengagement agreement

From early March 1974, the situation in the Israel-Syria sector became increasingly unstable, and firing intensified. The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was established on 31 May 1974 by Security Council resolution 350 (1974) , following the agreed disengagement of the Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan. Since then, UNDOF has remained in the area to maintain the ceasefire between the Israeli and Syrian forces and to supervise the implementation of the disengagement agreement.

Peacekeeping in Nigeria or Ghana? No there are not. There are peacekeeping forces in other African states but none from there. Mostly, African UN intervention forces are from Africa. We list them briefly for information but you will probably not see a US soldier claiming to be there. Never say never however.

If they claim to be peacekeeping there, it is a lie and they are scammers.

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was established by Security Council resolution 1509 (2003) PDF Document of 19 September 2003 to support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace process; protect United Nations staff, facilities and civilians; support humanitarian and human rights activities; as well as assist in national security reform, including national police training and formation of a new, restructured military.

US contribution 13 police, 4 experts, 5 troops

MONUSCO took over from an earlier UN peacekeeping operation – the United Nations Organization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) – on 1 July 2010. It was done in accordance with Security Council resolution 1925. The new mission has been authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation effort.

US contribution. 11 police, 5 troops

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks.  The Mission was asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap. By unanimously adopting resolution 2164 of 25 June 2014, the Council further decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country.

US contribution. 10 troops

Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in the Central African Republic and its regional implications, the Security Council authorized on 10 April 2014 deployment of a multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation – MINUSCA, with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority. Its other initial tasks included support for the transition process; facilitating humanitarian assistance; promotion and protection of human rights; support for justice and the rule of law; and disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation processes. MINUSCA subsumed the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) on the date of the establishment. On 15 September 2014, the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) transferred its authority over to MINUSCA, in accordance with resolution 2149 (2014).

US contribution. 3 troops.

On 9 July 2011 South Sudan became the newest country in the world. The birth of the Republic of South Sudan is the culmination of a six-year peace process which began with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. In adopting resolution 1996 (2011) PDF Document on 8 July 2011, the Security Council determined that the situation faced by South Sudan continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region and established the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development. Following the crisis which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, the Security Council, by its resolution 2155 (2014) of 27 May 2014, reinforced UNMISS and reprioritized its mandate towards the protection of civilians, human rights monitoring, and support for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

US contribution. 11 police, 5 troop.

Set up in May 1948, UNTSO was the first ever peacekeeping operation established by the United Nations. Since then, UNTSO military observers have remained in the Middle East to monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region to fulfil their respective mandates. UNTSO personnel have also been available at short notice to form the nucleus of some other peacekeeping operations worldwide. The availability of UNTSO’s military observers for almost immediate deployment after the Security Council had acted to create a new mission has been an enormous contributory factor to the early deployment and the success of those operations.

US contribution. 2 experts

The USA contributions to the UN peacekeeping missions below are zero.

Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, the Security Council, by its resolution 1528 (2004) PDF Document of 27 February 2004, established the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) as from 4 April 2004 with a mandate to facilitate the implementation by the Ivorian parties of the peace agreement signed by them in January 2003. Following the 2010 Presidential election and the ensuing political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, UNOCI has remained on the ground to protect civilians, provide good offices, support the Ivorian Government in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants as well as on security sector reform, and monitor and promote human rights.

Originally, UNIFIL was created by the Security Council in March 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese Government in restoring its effective authority in the area. The mandate had to be adjusted twice, due to the developments in 1982 and 2000.Following the July/August 2006 crisis, the Council enhanced the Force and decided that in addition to the original mandate, it would, among other things, monitor the cessation of hostilities; accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon; and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons.

The Security Council, by its resolution 1990 PDF Document of 27 June 2011, responded to the urgent situation in Sudan’s Abyei region by establishing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The Security Council was deeply concerned by the violence, escalating tensions and population displacement. The operation has been tasked with monitoring the flashpoint border between north and south and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid, and is authorized to use force in protecting civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei. UNISFA’s establishment came after the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarize Abyei and let Ethiopian troops to monitor the area.

The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was established by Security Council resolution 690 PDF Document of 29 April 1991 in accordance with settlement proposals accepted on 30 August 1988 by Morocco and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO). The settlement plan, as approved by the Security Council, provided for a transitional period for the preparation of a referendum in which the people of Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General was to have sole and exclusive responsibility over matters relating to the referendum and was to be assisted in his tasks by an integrated group of civilian, military and civilian police personnel, to be known as the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.

In spite of that list in italics above covering Africa in fact the picture of the United States lack of involvement in peacekeeping is actually quite astounding given that the military has around 1.5 million employees. The United Kingdom contribution is larger but is equally as inapplicable to what has been stated above. However the contribution figure also includes Cyprus with 274 UN peacekeeping troops.

On the subject of doctors and medical specialists, Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases. There are other organisations, but currently MSF are operating in Nigeria, and not in Syria or Iraq. Such duties are not under United Nations and so if someone says they are doctors and produce UN forms they are liars and scammers.


Here is the truth and a breakdown.

4.  US Peacekeeping duties: 121 (13 women)
Feb 2014


MINUSMA: 10 troops
MINUSTAH: 60 police and 8 troops;
MONUSCO: 3 troops;
UNMIL: 13 police, 4 experts, 5 troops;
UNMISS: 11 police, 5 troops;
UNTSO: 2 experts

UK breakdown

Peacekeeping duties.336 (24 female)


MINUSMA. 2 troops

MONUSCO. 5 troops

UNMISS. 9 troops

UNMIL. 2 police

UNSTO. 44 (41 troops, 3 experts)






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