BEIRUT , Lebanon – As spillover from the civil war in Syria increasingly threatens Lebanon’s stability, the Lebanese military remains weak, hindered by a lack of political support to confront security issues, low morale and a struggle against the pull of volatile sectarian politics.
March 14 MP Ahmad Fatfat on Tuesday held Lebanese army chief Jean Kahwaji responsible for Monday’s protest in the Kesrouan town of Sarba. “Army members were present with the protesters and they did not take any measures to end the protest,” Fatfat told Voice of Lebanon “This means there is rebellion against the army’s leadership,” […]
Beirut, Lebanon- Judges freed nine Islamists on bail from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday in a move which could help defuse tensions in the city of Tripoli, after deadly clashes between rival groups of gunmen and between Palestinian refugees and the army.
A Lebanese army patrol was fired on in Baalbek’s neighborhood of Sherawneh, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday, adding that soldiers were injured. The army heavily deployed in the area following the shooting, according to the report, adding that the attack came after the army arrested one of the “most dangerous wanted” people in […]
Assailants opened fire on a Lebanese army checkpoint in Tripoli on Saturday night, an unnamed security source said. “Anonymous [shooters] opened fire from a car on an army checkpoint located between Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh,” the source said.
The Lebanese army denied a media report that Hizbullah members have prevented it from inspecting a truck loaded with weapons in the western Bekaa valley. MP Antoine Saad said in remarks published on Sunday that the Lebanese army was stopped by members of Hezbollah from inspecting a truck loaded with drugs in the Bekaa town […]
The Military Tribunal Tuesday handed down several dozen sentences for a variety of offenses, including two weeks in jail for a soldier who harassed a female tourist.
The Lebanese military has evidence that an al-Qaida group was operating within its ranks, the country’s prime minister declared. Lebanese Prime Minister Nijab Mikati said military authorities uncovered a terrorist cell in its ranks. The group, believed to be tied to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was allegedly planning attacks on military barracks.
The Lebanese army contained an armed clash between rival clans in the eastern city of Baalbek on Sunday to prevent the confrontation from spiraling out of control.
Following his meeting with Lebanese army commander General Jean Kahwaji , Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said on Thursday that the US “is ready to improve the skills of the Lebanese army in the fields of training, arming and logistics,” according to National News Agency.