Renewed Lebanese military aid sought

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 16, 2010 23:13

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants lawmakers to restore millions of dollars in US military aid to Lebanon's army that they suspended over concerns it could be used to target Israel.

Senior administration and congressional officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that a review of the assistance has concluded its resumption was in the interest of America's national security and Mideast stability. Lawmakers had asked for the review after placing holds on $100 million in aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces last month.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the administration has not yet completed classified briefings to the members of Congress who held up the money.

The findings are not surprising as the administration has long argued that assistance to Lebanon's army balances the influence of Syria, Iran and their proxies in the country.


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