A U.S. army soldier checks artillery as it is unloaded at Beirut’s port. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Lebanese Army Sunday got a much-needed military boost in its open battle against terrorism, with the United States delivering $25 million worth of weapons, including heavy artillery, and France promising to send the first batch of Saudi-funded French arms in April.Last month, the U.S. delivered dozens of new armored Humvees to help protect Lebanese soldiers.Hale said Lebanon was the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. military assistance. He added that weapons worth over $100 million were given to Lebanon last year and over $1 billion worth in the last eight years. The U.S. military aid along with the expected delivery of Saudi-funded French weapons to the Lebanese Army come as the military is engaged in an open battle against Islamist extremists who have launched several attacks on troops over the past months in areas near the Syrian border, killing and wounding scores of soldiers.This is the latest military aid promised to Lebanon.
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