Over the last year, the United States has delivered thirty-two Bradley Fighting Vehicles and associated ammunition, equipment, and training valued at more than $100 million to the Lebanese Armed Forces, the U.S. embassy said.
Thursday's live fire exercise hosted by the Air Assault Regiment “demonstrates the LAF’s (Lebanese Army's) ability to integrate these modern combat systems and combine its new protected mobility capabilities with A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft previously provided by the United States,” the embassy said in a statement.
The exercise was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.
In August 2017, the Lebanese Army demonstrated its “impressive combat capabilities by defeating ISIS (Islamic State group) in Lebanon in Operation Dawn of the Hills. Now armed with modern attack aircraft and top-of-the-line armored fighting vehicles, the LAF is even more capable of defending Lebanon,” the embassy noted.
It added that the United States “remains committed to a secure, stable, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon.”
“With U.S.-provided weapons, equipment, and training, the LAF continues to develop combat capabilities that will ensure that the LAF remain a nationally unifying force, a bulwark against extremism and terrorism, and the only legitimate defender of Lebanon,” the embassy went on to say.
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