Lebanese soldiers advance towards Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley as part of reinforcements August 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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Two shipments of rocket launchers and assault rifles delivered by the United States to the Lebanese Army this week will be followed by unspecified heavy weaponry, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale pledged at a ceremony Friday.The 1,500 M16s, more than 450 anti-tank guided missiles and 60 mortars delivered by the U.S. military Thursday and Friday are worth nearly $9 million, an embassy source told The Daily Star. Additional weaponry will be delivered by the U.S. Army as part of the $1 billion Saudi grant coordinated by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the embassy source added.The weapons have been financed by American tax dollars, Hale said in a speech made at Rafik Hariri International Airport.
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