The Lebanese army said Monday that it had received a “military gift” from Jordan, including armored personnel and artillery carriers.

According to Lt. Gen. Manuel Karjian, deputy chief-of-staff of the Lebanese army, a ceremony was held at the Beirut naval base on Monday to mark receipt of the Jordanian military largesse.

He added in a statement that the equipment included 30 M113 armored personnel carriers and 12 artillery carriers.

In recent months, the Lebanese army has been engaged in a struggle with two terrorist groups involved in battles in neighboring Syria.

Since August of 2014, the two takfiri groups – the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front – have deployed in the barrens of the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria.

Last year, the two groups captured several Lebanese troops – and executed a number of others – in confrontations with the Lebanese army in the border town.

 

Al-Manar

 

 

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