On Thursday March 31, 2016 Lebanon received three military helicopters from The United States to help fight against the overgrowing extremists located close to the Syrian border. There have been seven other US helicopters that were made available for Lebanon’s air fleet.
The sale of the three, $26 million helicopter was announced at a recent ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Richard H. Jones. He states that this move helps “demonstrate America’s continued commitment to support”.
The United States is not the only one coming to aid Lebanon in its fight against terrorism. Coincidentally, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond visited the ceremony and stated that Lebanon is an important part of the front-line against terrorism and pledged continues support.
Lebanon’s deputy chief of staff, Gen. Manuel Kerjian states that
The U.S. military aid to Lebanon is boosting the level of combat preparedness, allowing for Lebanon to combat enemy terrorist like AL-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.
Hammond is delighted by the way that the UK support has been translated by the Lebanese armed forces in strengthening border security and enabling the armed forces to take the fight to Daesh and keep Lebanon safe from combative incursions.
Since 2012 the UK has assisted over 19.8 million pounds ($28.5 million) to help train and mentor to allow Lebanon to secure 100 percent of the Syrian border.