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UN Golan Mission Faces Troop Shortage

Austria says it is withdrawing its troops from the increasingly dangerous U.N. Observer Mission in the Golan Heights, as Syrian government forces and rebels engaged in intense fighting in the area between Syria and Israel.
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A U.N. peacekeeping soldier uses binoculars to watch fighting between forces loyal to and opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the Golan Heights, June 7, 2013.
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A U.N. peacekeeping soldier uses binoculars to watch fighting between forces loyal to and opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the Golan Heights, June 7, 2013.

A U.N. vehicle drives into a base near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Golan Heights, June 7, 2013.
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A U.N. vehicle drives into a base near the Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Golan Heights, June 7, 2013.

A U.N. soldier stands next to a shelter inside a UN base near the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria, June 7, 2013.
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A U.N. soldier stands next to a shelter inside a UN base near the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria, June 7, 2013.

An Israeli soldier holds an anti-tank weapon in the Golan Heights near a Syrian village near the Quneitra border crossing, June 7, 2013.
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An Israeli soldier holds an anti-tank weapon in the Golan Heights near a Syrian village near the Quneitra border crossing, June 7, 2013.

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