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US: No More Weapons to Lebanon

The United States has shut down the flow of weapons to Lebanon due to concerns that Hizbullah may seize the arms.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 4/4/2011, 10:32 PM / Last Update: 4/5/2011, 12:15 AM

US State Department

The United States has shut down the flow of weapons to Lebanon due to concerns that the Hizbullah terrorist organization may seize the arms.

The arms freeze was actually implemented in January, according to a report published Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

However, the decision was not publicized in order to ensure a smooth transition to a new Lebanese government following the collapse of former Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri's Western-backed administration.

American deliveries of non-lethal equipment have continued, as has military training for the Lebanese Army.

In 2010, the U.S. granted at least $18 million in ordnance to Lebanon, according to the report.

Hizbullah-backed Nagib Mikati was appointed as the new prime minister-designate in January with a parliamentary majority secured, according to March 14 Alliance rivals, by the terrorists' weapons.

March 14 is a coalition of political parties and independents in Lebanon led by Hariri, son of the assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.