United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group

14 August 1988 — 10 March 1991

A week before the formal ceasefire which ended the almost decade-long Iran-Iraq War, UNIIMOG was activated. The mission, consisting of 350 observers, deployed along the 800km ceasefire line. In October a 37-strong Irish MP detachment joined the mission in addition to 15 officers serving as observers. 

UNIIMOG had to establish agreed ceasefire lines; monitor compliance; and supervise, verify and confirm the withdrawal of all forces to the recognised international boundary.

By the time of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 1st 1990, most of UNIIMOG's mandate had been achieved. Continuing improvement in relations between Iran and Iraq, including the establishment of a 'zone of confidence' along the border, allied with the deteriorating situation in Kuwait led to the ending of the UNIIMOG mission.

Operation Details
Duration 14 August 1988 — 10 March 1991
Operation type UN led Peacekeeping Operations (Observer)
Commitment 177 cumulative missions


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