Workers unload a Howitzer, part of a military donation from the U.S. government to the Lebanese army, during a ceremony at Beirut's port, Lebanon, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The United States delivered 50 armored vehicles, 40 artillery pieces and 50 grenade launchers to the Lebanese army on Tuesday, part of its efforts to bolster Lebanon against a threat from militant groups in neighboring, conflict-ridden Syria.

The equipment, worth $50 million, is part of an aid package that has now topped $220 million this year, making Lebanon the fifth-biggest recipient of American military assistance, U.S. ambassador Elizabeth Richard said during the delivery.

Fighting between Islamic State and other Islamist militant groups in Syria often flares in the mountains along Lebanon’s northern frontier and the violence has periodically spilled across the border.

Eight Islamic State suicide bombers targeted a Christian village in Lebanon near the Syrian frontier last month, killing five and raising fears of a new campaign of attacks.

Fighters from Islamic State and other groups also stage regular incursions across the poorly demarcated border around the northern Lebanese town of Arsal, which they briefly overran in 2014 before the army drove them out.

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slavonac
slavonac
2016-08-09 14:58

If it wasn’t tragical it would have been hilarious, US (and nato) armed all sorts of Nusras,Fatahs, Jihai-this, jihadi-thats, and now they are arming those who are on the opposing side to them??? Let se if they will help Syrian Army as well, that would spun us all and would be a fitting end to this sorry and regretful saga of war-for-gas-pipeline

Yonatan
Yonatan
2016-08-09 23:53

Soon to be micarculously acquired by ISIS?