Lebanon: $100m. US aid suspension is unwarranted

An adviser to the Lebanese prime minister said Tuesday that the suspension of $100 million in US aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces was unwarranted and weakens the nation's effort to build the country's army.
The chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee said Monday that he withheld the funds to the LAF over concerns that the Iranian-backed militant group Hizbullah may have influence over the army.
Mohamed Chatah, an adviser to Western-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri, said Tuesday that the Lebanese forces are reliable. He said any "friend of Lebanon" should not take steps that would hurt efforts to build up the army.