Hariri from Ras Baalbek: We Want the Army to Get Stronger

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday inspected military units deployed in the eastern border town of Ras Baalbek, where he stressed the need to boost the army's capabilities so that it becomes the sole defender of Lebanon.

“This is a highly patriotic battle and we have martyrs who have fallen to protect the country and provide security and stability for the Lebanese citizens,” said Hariri in Ras Baalbek, referring to a major army offensive against Islamic State militants on the eastern border.

“We want this army to get stronger because we want the state alone to perform the security missions,” the premier added, in the presence of Army Commander General Joseph Aoun.

Hariri also stressed that the army is not coordinating militarily with any party in its operation, in reference to Hizbullah and the Syrian army.

“The army did not lack the ability to liberate Arsal's outskirts, but we had political calculations in this regard,” Hariri added, in response to a reporter's question.

Hariri's visit comes a day after the army announced that it was now in control of 100 out of 120 square kilometers of territory previously held by IS.

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Thumb lubnani.masi7i 23 August 2017, 14:34

We want this army to get stronger because we want the state alone to perform the security missions,” the premier added

Naive or pretending to be naive.... If the army had nuclear weapons tomorrow the iranian militia will still find a reason to exist and claim it is defending Lebanon in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

Thumb whyaskwhy 23 August 2017, 15:31

Its a militia run state and Israel needs Kizballah to control the situation, keep Lebanon oppressed while the borders is safe. The PM has little say sadly in what happens to the overall plan. Its a nice move for him to visit the troops though all politicians should be doing that.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 23 August 2017, 16:23

Best Prime Minister, ever!

Thumb barrymore 23 August 2017, 16:31

"choking Hezbollah land lifeline from Iran & Syria, bit by bit."

Had to laugh at that one;)!

All they do is facilitate Hezbollah's land lifeline to Syria and Iran bit by bit. Hezbollah was and is crossing the border (with its tanks, rocket launchers and artillery) to wage its iranian jihad wars with the full knowledge and blessings of the Lebanese army.

The president who is also the chief commander said not once but many times hezbollah and the army are one and the same or words to that effect.

Thumb barrymore 23 August 2017, 17:03

Hezbollah was and is crossing the border in its full armament at crossings manned by the Lebanese Army. I remember seeing pictures of Hezbollah tanks and convoys being saluted by army soldiers at checkpoints as they were crossing into Syria.

Let's be realistic here and call a spade a spade. Hezbollah has a stranglehold on Lebanese politics and Lebanese military institutions. They appointed the president, the army intelligence chief has to be approved by them and we all know the state of the general security.

Thumb ansarullah 23 August 2017, 16:33

may god bless the shia army of hezbollah aka the lebanese armed forces.