Sunday, February 8, 2015

US Sends Over $25M in Military Aid to Lebanon; Helps Lebanon Fight Terrorist Threat from Syria

The United States delivered more than $25 million worth of military aid -- including heavy artillery -- to the Lebanese army today (February 8, 2015) to help it fight jihadist groups which have repeatedly battled with security forces near the Syrian border, according to the Reuters website.

The U.S. ambassador to Beirut, David Hale, said in a statement the weapons would be used to "defeat the terrorist and extremist threat from Syria."

"We are fighting the same enemy, so our support for you has been swift and continuous," Hale said at an event marking the delivery of the weapons in Beirut.

The Lebanese army has fought regular battles with armed groups -- including militants linked to the Islamic State and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front -- in areas near the Syrian border, most recently late last month when six Lebanese soldiers were killed.

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