U.S. delivers weapons and equipment to Lebanese Army

10:07, April 07, 2010      

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The U.S. government delivered to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) shipments of weapons and ammunition, the U.S. embassy in Lebanon announced Tuesday in a statement.

According to the statement, the U.S. government on April 2 delivered to the LAF the first in a series of shipments of weapons and ammunition.

It said that this shipment included 1000 M16A4 rifles, 10 missile launchers, 1,583 grenade launchers, and 538 sets of day/ night binoculars and night-vision devices.

The statement stressed that this equipment will be supported with training provided by the U.S. government.

The U.S. embassy also announced that on the same date a U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Command Surgeon team made up of U.S. military medical experts visited their counterparts at the LAF.

It added that the U.S. medical officers were impressed by the dedication and professionalism of their LAF counterparts who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the Lebanese soldiers and their beneficiaries.

Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr visited Washington in February to discuss military cooperation, especially U.S. assistance to the LAF to fight terrorism.

Earlier, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Michele Sison expressed Washington's willingness to train and equip the LAF.

Source: Xinhua


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