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Lebanese Army: US military aid to be delivered Friday

Lebanese soldiers advance towards Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley as part of reinforcements August 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army will receive U.S. arms and military equipment Friday as part of the assistance that Washington pledged to help Lebanon combat rampant terrorism from Syria, an Army statement said.

The statement said that the shipment of military aid, including gear and ammunition, would be airlifted to Beirut’s airport and delivered to the Army at noon Friday.

The handover will take place in the presence of a U.S. Embassy delegation and a number of senior Army officers.

The U.S., Britain, France and Saudi Arabia have made pledges to reinforce the Army’s capacities to fight terrorism, following a showdown that pitted troops against Islamist militants from Syria in the east Lebanon border town of Arsal in early August.

 

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