U.S. Resupplies Lebanon Military to Stabilize Ally

[New York Times] Robert F. Worth and Eric Lipton - Lebanese soldiers drive new American Humvees and trucks, and some tote gleaming new American rifles and grenade launchers. The weapons are meant to build an armed force that could help stabilize Lebanon's fractured state, fight a rising terrorist threat, and provide a legitimate alternative to the Shiite militant group Hizbullah. Some officials within the Pentagon and State Department have expressed concern about extensive military aid to a country in which Hizbullah, which has close Syrian and Iranian ties, has continued to gain political power. That has been a main concern for Israel, which has been lobbying for a lower level of support to remove the possibility that American tanks and helicopters might one day be used against it.

2008-10-28 01:00:00

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