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April 21, 2015
Lebanon receives French arms for anti-jihadist fight
Beirut (AFP) Apr 21, 2015
Lebanon on Monday received the first French weapons in a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme intended to bolster its army to take on jihadist threats, particularly along its border with Syria. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accompanied the first tranche of weapons, including anti-tank guided missiles, which were handed over at an air force base in Beirut. "France and Lebanon have a fraternal relationship that has been marked over the past three years by a sharp deterioration in the ... read more

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