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US weighs options as Lebanon’s allies move to assist military

The Pentagon and State Department are exploring "creative ways" to help the Lebanese armed forces offset their costs amid financial crisis.
Gen. Joseph Aoun

The State Department notified Congress last week of a plan to grant the Lebanese armed forces an additional $15 million in foreign military funding, bringing the fiscal year's total to $120 million.

The funds, to be drawn from the overseas contingencies operations budget, will cover spare parts to maintain US-made military equipment as well as longer-term support for Lebanon's border security and counterterrorism operations.

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