U.s. will Keep aid­iNg le­baNoN mili­tarY

The Sunday Guardian - - World -

WASH­ING­TON: The US mili­tary is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the Lebanese armed forces, the Pen­tagon said on Fri­day, de­spite the Iran-backed Hezbol­lah group and its al­lies mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant gains in par­lia­men­tary elec­tion.

Shi’ite Mus­lim move­ment Hezbol­lah, to­gether with par­ties and politi­cians aligned to it, won more than half the 128 seats in Le­banon’s par­lia­ment on Sun­day.

US, which has given Le­banon’s army sub­stan­tial sup­port, clas­si­fies the heav­ily armed Hezbol­lah as a ter­ror­ist group and con­demns its role in the Syr­ian con­flict. The strong show­ing by par­ties and politi­cians who sup­port Hezbol­lah’s pos­ses­sion of weapons risk com­pli­cat­ing Western pol­icy in Le­banon, which is bank­ing on for­eign aid and loans to re­vive its stag­nant econ­omy and re­ceives US mili­tary sup­port.

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Ira­ni­ans burn a US flag dur­ing a protest against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to walk out of a 2015 nu­clear deal, in Tehran, Iran, on Fri­day. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency

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