File - Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi.
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Guided anti-tank missiles, part of Saudi-funded French arms due to arrive Monday, will bolster the Lebanese Army's ability to face terrorism and defend the country's borders, Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said in remarks published Sunday.Aoun staunchly opposes the extension of the terms of Kahwagi, who retires on Sept. 23, and ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous, who retires on June 5 .Shamel Roukos, the head of the Army Commando Unit, to replace Kahwagi as Army commander.The contract also promises seven years of training for the 70,000-strong Lebanese Army and 10 years of equipment maintenance.In addition to the $3 billion military aid, Saudi Arabia has also promised an additional $1 billion grant to purchase arms and equipment to the Lebanese Army and security forces to help them in the ongoing battle against terrorism.The Army has frequently clashed with Syria-based militants from ISIS and the Nusra Front.In addition to France, the United States has also supplied the Lebanese Army with more than $1 billion in military aid over the last decade.
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