Lebanese police head for training in US

The US Embassy in Beirut says the first group of Lebanese police officers selected to take part in a US-sponsored police training program has left for Washington. The embassy said in a statement Monday that the program, which will take place every two years, will complement the Lebanese officers' training at home and allow them to meet their American colleagues. It said the group, which left Sunday, will spend 10 days visiting law enforcement agencies in various US cities. It did not say how many policemen were in the group. After the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the United States sharply increased its military aid to Lebanon in a show of support for Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's government.