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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale, center, speaks to journalists during a handover ceremony of U.S. weapons to the Lebanese army at Beirut's port in Lebanon on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Hale said $25 million worth of military assistance has arrived in Beirut in the latest American aid to Lebanon's army and that Lebanon has become the 5th largest recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale, center, speaks to journalists during a handover ceremony of U.S. weapons to the Lebanese army at Beirut’s port in Lebanon on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Hale said $25 million worth of military assistance has arrived in Beirut in the latest American aid to Lebanon’s army and that Lebanon has become the 5th largest recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
The United States has delivered $50 million worth of military gear to the Lebanese army to help it battle against jihadist extremists near the border with Syria.

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard told reporters at Beirut’s port that the latest assistance is “a whole ship full of military equipment.”

A U.S. Embassy statement said the shipment includes 50 armored Humvees, 40 Howitzers, 50 MK-19 grenade launchers, and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition including small, medium, and heavy artillery rounds.

“This latest shipment demonstrates America’s sustained commitment to providing the LAF with the support it needs as it continues to bravely defend the Lebanese people and territory in the face of extremist threats,” the Embassy said.

“We are absolutely inspired by the dedication and the determination of Lebanese soldiers,” Ambassador Richard said.

“We are going to stand with you today, and we’re going to stand with you well into the future as you stand against extremism, and as you stand to defend the way of life that Lebanon knows and loves,” she added.

The U.S. has been speeding up delivery of ammunition to help Lebanon’s military combat jihadist groups near the border with Syria.

In March, Washington delivered three Huey II helicopters, raising to 10 the number of such U.S.-made aircraft in Lebanon’s fleet.

Washington has provided more than $1 billion in military assistance to Lebanon since 2006.

Associated Press

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