A Lebanese Army convoy heads to the village of Tfail, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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A high-ranking Lebanese Army official says three things are required to guarantee stability in Lebanon: a line of defense on the border with Syria, an overhaul of intelligence agencies and qualitative weapons for the military.For the official, the plan ought to be extended along the entire border all the way to Shebaa in the southeast and a grid fence raised to separate Lebanon from Syria, similar to the one on the country's southern border with Israel.According to the official, such a massive endeavor would cost between $450 million and $500 million, but would eventually avoid the "more costly" losses incurred every time battles erupt on the border.The culture of special units and special operations forces ought to be more widespread within the Lebanese military, the official said.
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