Obama gives Hezbullah-dominated Lebanon 200 armored personnel carriers
The Obama administration has given Hezbullah-dominated Lebanon 200 M113 armored personnel carriers
The United States
has given 200 armored vehicles to Lebanon, the Lebanese army said on
Monday, bolstering forces that have been struggling to deal with
sectarian violence inflamed by the war across the border in Syria.
M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) arrived by ship to Beirut on
Sunday, the army said in a statement. A Lebanese security source said
the army now had 1,200 APCs.
A US diplomat said the shipment of
vehicles would support the Lebanese armed forces' "capabilities and
their mobility and ability to respond to crises. It is also to protect
borders and internal stability".
The United States has provided
more than $140 million in equipment and assistance to the Lebanese armed
forces in the past six months, including six Huey 2 helicopters, a
42-metre coastal security craft, more than 1,000 guns - including
grenade launchers - and 38 million rounds of ammunition.
38 million rounds of ammunition... what could go wrong?
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