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US Delivers $11.7 Million Worth of Arms, Ammunition to Lebanese Army

US Delivers $11.7 Million Worth of Arms, Ammunition to Lebanese Army

Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 - 06:30
In this Sunday June 19, 2016 file photo, a Lebanese army soldiers sits on a tank at one of the frontline hills overlooking areas controlled by ISIS at the edge of the town of Arsal, on the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. (Hussein Malla/AP)

Over the last week the United States has delivered ammunition, grenade launchers, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles valued at more than $11.7 million to the Lebanese army, the US Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

The army received on Feb.1 two hundred MK-19 Automatic Grenade Launchers.

Two days later, Washington delivered eight new Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the Lebanese army, part of a package valued at more than $100 million, the embassy said.

The US delivered on Tuesday 827 Copperhead artillery rounds to the army.

Valued at more than $1.4 million, this ammunition replenishes army stockpiles used to defeat ISIS terrorist group in Operation Fajr al Jouroud, the embassy said.

The US “remains committed to a secure, stable, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon,” it said.

With US-provided weapons, equipment, and training, the Lebanese army continues to develop combat capabilities that will ensure that it remains a “nationally unifying force, a bulwark against extremism and terrorism, and the only legitimate defender of Lebanon,” it added.

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