Aerosonde Mk 4.7 reconnaissance drones are being flown by the US military in support of Lebanese army operations along the northeast border. (Photo by Textron Systems)
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U.S. special forces personnel are operating pilotless reconnaissance drones in Lebanon to help the Lebanese Army confront ISIS and other extremist groups entrenched along the northeast border with Syria, The Daily Star has learned.To augment the Lebanese Army's surveillance capabilities in the area, the U.S., at the Defense Ministry's request, is operating two Aerosonde MK 4.7 unarmed reconnaissance drones out of Hamat air base near Batroun, according to several military and diplomatic sources.Since the battle of Arsal last August, the Lebanese Army has greatly improved its defensive posture along the northeast border in a line between Naamat, northeast of Al-Qaa to just south of Arsal, an average of 8.5 kilometers distance from the border.According to the U.S. Embassy, recent acquisitions of U.S. arms by the Lebanese Army include 72 M198 towed 155mm artillery guns, 29 armored humvees, 30 M113 armored personnel carriers and 12 M109 self-propelled 155mm artillery guns from Jordan.Funding for the armaments comes from the existing U.S. Foreign Military Financing program as well as the Saudi $1 billion grant offered last August of which approximately half is allocated to the Lebanese Army.The Lebanese Army is also exploring with the U.S. the possibility of purchasing 77 M1A1 tanks.
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