Israel Claims Suggest Lebanese Violation of U.S. Export Law

(Defense News) Barbara Opall-Rome - U.S. troop carriers provided by Washington to Beirut are being operated by Hizbullah in Syria in support of the Assad regime in violation of U.S. export controls. U.S. experts were unsure whether the APCs came from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) or were vestiges from the Israel-allied South Lebanese Army, whose war stocks were seized by Hizbullah in 2000. But a senior Israeli official said, "We recognize these specific APCs according to some specific parameters. We know these were given to the LAF. It's not an assumption. These were given to them by the USA." Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute, noted, "The issue here is to what extent the LAF has become an auxiliary force for Hizbullah. And the fact that U.S. taxpayers are effectively supporting Hizbullah's war in Syria is appalling."

2016-12-22 00:00:00

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