U.S. Central Command Commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel testfies before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP
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U.S. Army Special Forces are present in Lebanon but working closely with the Lebanese Army rather than conducting isolated operations, Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S Central Command, confirmed Wednesday.While Lebanon was not scheduled in this particular visit, Votel traveled to Beirut in December, meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.U.S. Army Special Forces have long been operating in Lebanon to help the Army fight Daesh (ISIS), reports have indicated.However, the U.S. government rarely goes into significant detail about Special Forces operations.The general declined to answer questions regarding Special Forces surveillance operations since the Lebanese Army's "Fajr al-Joroud" operation to drive Daesh out of the country in August.
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