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US arms Lebanon for fight against jihadists

A forklift moves a shipment of weapons that was delivered by a US air force plane on August 29, 2014 at a Lebanese military base at Beirut International AirportThe United States is supplying weaponry to Lebanon’s armed forces to help it battle jihadists near the Syrian border, Washington’s ambassador to Beirut said on Friday. Lebanese troops this month clashed with gunmen in a mainly Sunni Muslim enclave of the largely Shiite Bekaa Valley, which is hosting tens of thousands of Sunni refugees from Syria. On Friday, Ambassador David Hale said Washington offered its help to Beirut after clashes first flared in early August when extremists attacked Arsal, leaving 19 soldiers, 16 civilians and dozens of jihadists dead.

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