Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India appointed to head UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan

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  • The commandant of the Indian Army Infantry School, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, aged 57appointed as the new force commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • He will succeed Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda.
  • He will command over 1 6,000 peacekeepers which include nearly 2,400 from India.
  • He has an experience with the Indian Armed Forces for more than 34 years. ii. In 1 983, he graduated from the Indian Military Academy.
  • He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras.
  • He served the UN Angola Verification Mission Ill from 1996 to 1997 and UN Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009.
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