US donates 6 helicopters to Lebanese air force

The United States has given six military helicopters to the Lebanese air force, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday, bolstering forces that have been struggling to deal with violence spreading over the border from Syria.

“Six Huey 2 helicopters have been delivered to Lebanon as part of bilateral military assistance,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

The air force has 24 U.S. Huey helicopters and 11 French-made Gazelles, both of which can be equipped with guns and missiles.

Lebanon, which is still rebuilding after its own 15-year civil war, has seen clashes between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in Syria’s civil war, mostly in the northern port town of Tripoli, but also in the capital Beirut and the southern coastal city of Sidon.

Syrian forces have occasionally breached the Lebanese border to battle with rebels who are fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and take refuge in Lebanese border towns. Syrian mortar bombs have also targeted Lebanese villages.

Few envision a fight between Lebanon and its much larger neighbor Syria, a country whose troops were garrisoned in Lebanon until 2005 and still has influence over the security services.

But Lebanon’s army is ill-equipped to deal with powerful internal militant groups, including the Shi’ite Muslim guerrilla and political movement Hezbollah, which the United States counts as a terrorist organization.

The new Lebanese Navy RiverHawk AMP-145 ‘Trablous’ OPV at Beirut Navy Base was donated by the US to Lebanon

Last week, the U.S. gave a $29.8 million, 42-meter coastal security craft to the Lebanese Navy to patrol and protect Lebanon’s sea border, the U.S. Embassy said.

Reuters

  • Constantin7

    Thank you to the United States of America. Last week a boat and this week 6 helicopters. God Bless America !

  • Constantin7

    Thank you to the United States of America. Last week a boat and this week 6 helicopters. God Bless America !

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesbond.bond.98837 Jamesbond Bond

    bless america, the home of the brave and free.

    • FreetheME

      Yeh Jamesbond, free to go and destroy other countries as well ensuring that the majority of Americans live in poverty. A very free country. Or more like a real dictatorship hidden under so called democracy. Wake up clowns.

      • kamille1

        first of all America can do whatever it pleases her as long as she is on the throne of the world. second everything americans do, they do it for the interest of their country and people, unlike us we stab each other in the back, we take orders from other nations and we call ourselves patriots, and what’s worse is that we the people allow it and paticipate in it. third the majority of americans live in poverty?? GIVE ME A BREAK!! you must be getting too much of your information from the free version of the iranian internet and iranian discovery channel..

        • 5thDrawer

          Indeed. It’s only 1/4. AND there’s some health-care for them anyway. As well as food-help.

        • kamille1

          nobody in america citizen or non, legal or ilegal, dies for lack of money, nobody. try doing that in any middleastern country..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       LMFAO
      “brave”???
      It must take real bravery to bomb innocent civilians with drones while u hide in some unknown location in yankeeville..
      wow what bravery that is.
      That’s just the tip of the iceberg of such “brave” so called people.

      • FreetheME

        Finally a point we both agree on Preview. lol

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       Btw james bond is british

    • patriotss

      get a life 
      this is 2012 u fruit cake 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesbond.bond.98837 Jamesbond Bond

    bless america, the home of the brave and free.

    • FreetheME

      Yeh Jamesbond, free to go and destroy other countries as well ensuring that the majority of a Americans live in poverty. A very free country. Or more like a real dictatorship hidden under so called democracy. Wake up clowns.

      • kamille1

        first of all America can do whatever it pleases her as long as she is on the throne of the world. second everything americans do, they do it for the interest of their country and people, unlike us we stab each other in the back, we take orders from other nations and we call ourselves patriots, and what’s worse is that we the people allow it and paticipate in it. third the majority of americans live in poverty?? GIVE ME A BREAK!! you must be getting too much of your information from the free version of the iranian internet and iranian discovery channel..

        • 5thDrawer

          Indeed. It’s only 1/4. AND there’s some health-care for them anyway.

        • kamille1

          nobody in america citizen or non, legal or ilegal, dies for lack of money, nobody. try doing that in any middleastern country..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       LMFAO
      “brave”???
      It must take real bravery to bomb innocent civilians with drones while u hide in some unknown location in yankeeville..
      wow what bravery that is.
      That’s just the tip of the iceberg of such “brave” so called people.

      • FreetheME

        Finally a point we both agree on Preview. lol

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       Btw james bond is british

    • patriotss

      get a life 
      this is 2012 u fruit cake 

  • libnan1

     “The air force has 24 U.S. Huey helicopters and 11 French-made Gazelles, both of which can be equipped with guns and missiles.”
    Great, where do you get the guns and missiles from? It’s not that easy to equip these birds, just show and tell…

  • libnan1

     “The air force has 24 U.S. Huey helicopters and 11 French-made Gazelles, both of which can be equipped with guns and missiles.”
    Great, where do you get the guns and missiles from? It’s not that easy to equip these birds, just show and tell…

  • Persistent

    lol.

  • Persistent

    As the old cliche goes: “nothing is free and everything has a price”. I wonder about the ultimate price Lebanon has to pay for this? May God bless and protect the people of Lebanon!