U.S. Lawmakers Block Money for Lebanon's Army after Border Clash

(Reuters) U.S. lawmakers said on Monday they were blocking U.S. funding for Lebanon's military after a deadly border clash last week in which an Israeli officer was killed and another seriously wounded. Two key Democrats, Reps. Nita Lowey and Howard Berman, announced they were holding up $100 million that has been approved for Lebanon's army but not yet spent. A senior House Republican, Eric Cantor, said future funding should be stopped too, pending an inquiry. "This incident was tragic and entirely avoidable. U.S. assistance is intended to enhance our safety and that of our allies," said Lowey, who chairs the House subcommittee on foreign aid. Cantor noted that the lines between Hizbullah and the Lebanese military and government had become "blurred."

2010-08-10 07:57:43

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