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Seven Decades Of UN Peacekeeping

The distinctive blue helmets and berets of UN peacekeepers have featured prominently in many conflicts since their missions began in 1956. Originally tasked with monitoring cease-fires, the role of UN troops has since evolved to include to peace enforcement (often with mixed results). On March 28, the UN passed a resolution to allow a peacekeeping brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo to engage in offensive combat against rebel factions, making it the first UN peacekeeping mission authorized to use such force. (15 PHOTOS)