US delivers weapons to Lebanon
The United States supplied over 1,356,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibers to the Lebanese Army last week, a U.S. Embassy statement said.
The delivery, totaling over 376 tons, is part of the multi-year U.S. Security Assistance program to Lebanon, the statement noted.
The assistance program includes modern weapons, vehicles, communications, and advanced training.
The statement pledged that "U.S. assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces is continuous and robust."
Five days after the 2007 Nahr Al Bared battle began, the United States delivered over 10 million rounds of all types of ammunition. The United States has delivered a total of over 12 million rounds to the Lebanese Army.
In response to the LAF's request to improve its transport capability, the United States has delivered 285 all terrain vehicles (humvees) to the LAF since 2006, and 300 more will arrive over the next year.
The LAF has also received 200 cargo transport trucks. In addition, the United States has provided repair parts for all vehicles and critical repair parts for the LAF's helicopters.
U.S. assistance to the LAF has also supplied the same front-line weapons that the U.S. military troops are currently using, including assault rifles, automatic grenade launchers, advanced sniper weapon systems, anti-tank weapons, and the most modern urban warfare bunker weapons.
Also included in the on-going U.S. support to the Lebanese Armed Forces is an advanced mobile communication system to secure Lebanon's borders.
Coastal patrol crafts will also be delivered to the Lebanese Navy and Air Force helicopters will be refurbished, according to the embassy statement.
The United States is committed to supporting and strengthening the capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces so that it can protect Lebanese citizens, defend the Lebanese government and safeguard state institutions.
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