True||The Lebanese Army has received a shipment of anti-tank missiles from the U.S. government, the military said in a statement Monday, in the latest show of U.S. support for the Army which is engaged in a relentless war against terrorism.||

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army has received a shipment of anti-tank missiles from the U.S. government, the military said in a statement Monday, in the latest show of U.S. support for the Army which is engaged in a relentless war against terrorism. The statement said the shipment included an undisclosed number of BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles and their launch pads. They were received at the Rafik Hariri International Airport late Sunday.

The heavy weapon, first produced in 1970, is renowned for its effectiveness. The Army said in the statement it received an improved version known as BGM-71C, or TOW II, created in 1983 with a range of up to 3.75 kilometers.

Speaking to The Daily Star, a senior Army source said the newly received weapons would significantly improve the Army’s capability in fighting terrorism. “It helps us a lot in the war against terrorism, it improves our firepower and fighting capabilities,” the source said, requesting to remain anonymous.

The U.S. has donated over $1 billion in aid to the Army over the last decade. The military is assessing the possibility of liberating the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal from jihadi militants, holed up there since spring 2014.

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