United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation MissionUNIKOM
, the United Nations Iraq
Observation Mission, was established on April 9
following the Gulf War
by Security Council
resolution 689 (1991) and fully deployed by early May. The task of the 300 military observers was to monitor the demilitarized zone
(DMZ) along the Iraq-Kuwait border and the Khawr 'Abd Allah waterway, deter border violations and report any hostile action. In February 1993
, the mandate was extended to include physical action to prevent violations and the force was expanded to an intended three mechanized infantry battalions plus support.
The force's headquarters is in Umm Qasr, Iraq, within the DMZ. Current (March 2002) strength is 1,103 uniformed personnel. There have been 16 fatalities. Contributors are Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, People's Republic of China, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.