BEIRUT (AP) — The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster
its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring
Syria’s civil war.
The shipment included anti-tank artillery, mortars and rifles. A sample of the weapons was placed on a
white satin-covered table with camouflage netting.
Earlier this month U.S. Ambassador David Hale announced the deliveries and said they were in response to
a request from the Lebanese armed forces for emergency assistance after Islamic militants overran a
Lebanese town near the Syrian border, killing and kidnapping soldiers.
Since 2006, the U.S has given Lebanon more than $1 billion in military assistance.
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