U.S. helps Lebanon in equipping military
With funds provided by the United States, Lebanon will procure $10.5 million worth of military equipment.
Through this sale — the first in more than 25 years — the United States is contributing to the building of a modern, professional Lebanese army. The equipment is part of a $40 million military assistance package that will ultimately include Humvees, trucks, ammunition, training and essential parts for a variety of military equipment.
“This is an important step towards ensuring that the Lebanese people will never again have to experience the tragedy of war on their territory,” Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Rodman said in a U.S. Embassy news release.
The move comes after this summer’s war between Israel and the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is allegedly responsible for the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 servicemembers.
As part of the cease-fire between both sides, Lebanon agreed to send troops to patrol the southern part of the country, Hezbollah’s stronghold.
“Lebanon is embarked on a historic transformation to sovereignty and independence. In support of this, we are proud to work with the Government of Lebanon to ensure that its armed forces are trained and equipped to serve and protect the Lebanese people,” Rodman said.