Friday, May 25, 2007

Army Aide (Updated!)

Update (Friday, May 25th, 2007):

News services reported on Friday the arrival of at least 4 miliatry cargo planes to Beirut International Airport.

According to the Yahoo!News website,

"At least four U.S. and Arab military supply planes arrived at Beirut airport carrying ammunition and other equipment from U.S. depots in the region, security sources said. At least two more flights were scheduled".

Meanwhile, the Lebanese news website, Naharnet, reported that a United Arab Emirates air force plane had landed late Thursday night with the first supplies. According to the site, two more flights were expected to arrive from Egypt on Friday, with the total number of emergency airlifts expected to reach eight, according to a Pentagon official.

Naharnet also quoted a U.S. military official as having said that "the Lebanese government had asked the U.S. to expedite a shipment of a broad range of equipment and ammunition already in the pipeline for delivery. All of the materials en route had previously been requested, the agreements were already in place, and they were in the delivery process, the official said".

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007):

This is a post I started preparing some time ago. In light of recent developments I thought it would be a good time to publish it with the following updates reflecting the current situation:

  • Arab League Secretary General, Amr Moussa, revealed yesterday that some Arab states had already begun delivery of weapons and ammunitions in support of the Lebanese Army's efforts to combat an insurgency launched in the Nahr el-Bared camp by Syrian-sponsored fundamentalist group, Fatah al-Islam.

  • The Unites States has prepared an emergency $280 million military aide package in response to an urgent request by the Lebanese government in light of its confrontation with gunmen in the Nahr el-Bared camp. Reports indicate that $220 million of the funds have been earmarked for the Army while $60 will go to the ISF.

Below you will find (a portion of) the original post.

Lebanese Army Equipment Upgrades:

  • Delivered
  1. 50 Land Rover utility vehicles from the UK
  2. 20 (of 285) Humvees from the US,
  3. 9 Gazelle helicopters from the UAE
  4. 5 10-meter naval patrol craft from the UAE
  5. 5 15-meter naval patrol craft from the UAE
  • Forthcoming
  1. $39 million in 2006 used to purchase 12 5-tonne trucks, 4 Bell 212 helicopters and repair of Lebanese Air Force’s 23 Bell UH-1H helicopters
  2. 45 Leopard-1 Tanks from Belgium
  3. A minimum of 20 M109 155 mm self-propelled Howitzers from Belgium
  4. 2 36-meter naval patrol craft with blue-water capability from Germany
  5. 265 Humvees from the US

(Primary Source)

22 comments:

  1. Renée C.4:08 PM

    Hope some of the equipment includes top quality body armor for the soldiers!

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  2. Good comment Renee C.

    According to CNN, part of the emergency aide requested by the Lebanese government from the Americans includes helmets.

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  3. They (army of 70,000) need helmets and guns after 3 days battling 200 guys?

    If true, everyone involved in building/rebuilding the army, starting with Lahoud, should be prosecuted.

    (Actually I'd be happier if all ministers and MPs, new and old, faced a firing squad.)

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  4. Anonymous6:06 AM

    About time they get some weapons !

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  5. Media outlets in Lebanon have reported that up to 6 US Army cargo planes are expected in the country over the next two days (Friday and Saturday) carrying ammonution and military equipment supplies for the Lebanese Army.

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  6. more aids arriving...
    can you get access to what we got from the usa?

    and good job on the list above

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  7. Anonymous5:40 PM

    Is that a Hezbollah flag in the picture?

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  8. The land surrounding the airport is effectively "Hizballah Territory". It is inhabited by poor refugees from the country's south. It is a predominantly Shiite area.

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  9. Anonymous7:13 PM

    These lands are occupied by people who already have lands in the south and beqaa, most of these lands around the airport are stolen from the lebanese state or taken from previous residents by means of defacto control of the area over 30 years of militia rule...

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  10. Jimmy8:23 PM

    In late November 2006, before Hizballah launched the July war (and even after it), the Minister of the Displaced said that his ministry was almost done paying out compensations so that people could go back to the homes they were displaced from in the war.

    After the July War, I don't know what happened.

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  11. Anonymous2:24 AM

    Here's a prediction:

    Sooner or later, there will be a terrorist attack that will expropriate the military support of the current Lebanese government as a pretext/excuse/justification.

    Will we call it blowback?

    Will we say, "They have a point"?

    Will we call the terrorists, "Another man's freedom fighters"?

    Just wondering.

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  12. Jimmy3:48 AM

    What are you talking about anon?

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  13. Anonymous10:46 AM

    The Lebanese Army needs to undergo a complete modernization from head to toe.
    Such given equipment are not enough to enable the army to restore. The army requires larger quantities of vehicles for ground, sea and air units in addition to exchange the present ones with more modern ones.
    For example the Lebanese Army tanks are too old and should be replaced by Leopard-1, M-60 A3 or AMX-30 B2. Hope this will won't take long.

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  14. Crud. It would have been nice to have the US be the first in, to show solidarity. I have one more group of questions for you if you're willing to answer them, blacksmith.

    Does everyone in Lebanon think we in America are worthless scumbags? If so, how can we change that? If not, how can we help? I see the list of weapons incoming or soon arriving, but I mean what can we as individuals do? Are the Lebanese people having troubles because of this battle that foreigners can help resolve? Most of us crazy Republican Americans want to see you living in a country that is safe and peaceful, and I'd be happy to do whatever I can. So, what can I do?

    Though I have to say, with Belgium's 20 M-109's, you could probably flatten the whole of the Middle-east. I hope those things are a 'last resort' for the camps, because they don't leave survivors.

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  15. Here's an update from Naharnet:

    Between late Thursday and early afternoon Friday, five military transport planes landed at Rafik Hariri international airport, including one from the U.S. Air Force, two from the United Arab Emirates and two from Jordan.

    The military said it received supplies from Arab countries and the U.S. but gave no details; media reports said they included ammunition, body armor, helmets and night-vision equipment

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  16. I was in Lebanon from the 5th of may until the 15th I was surprised to see police driving around in brand new cars with the lights flashing or just sitting in the new SUV with the lights flashing. I said to the person driving us is someone coming no they just drive around all night with the lights flashing like that. My kids ask why the hell do they do that? The man told us no one knows, but did you know that those are a gift from the United States. So to see that there is more aid going to the military in Lebanon I hope they are going to put it to better use then what I saw, and if the military needs helmets well hell there is no hope they need much more then just a few plane loads of goods from the United States.

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  17. Anonymous6:32 PM

    The REAL reason Hez doesn't want the army going in to refugee camps

    Abbas Zakir, the Palestinian Authority's most senior representative in Lebanon, outlining the alleged Hizbullah weapons transfers into Palestinian camps. The letter noted "unusual activity" in and near the Palestinian camps, including the coming and going of trucks suspected of carrying weapons.

    Palestinian groups, including Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, maintain armed bases in Lebanon, mostly in the al-Naemeh province just south of Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley, near Lebanon's border with Syria and Israel. Fatah is the party of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The reports follow a WND article last month quoting Lebanese officials claiming Hizbullah, with the help of Iran, started building underground war bunkers in Lebanon's Palestinian camps.

    During its 34-day confrontation with Hizbullah in Lebanon that began July 12, Israel destroyed scores of complex Hizbullah bunkers that snaked along the Lebanese side of the Israel-Lebanon border. Military officials said they were surprised by the scale of the Hizbullah bunkers, in which Israeli troops reportedly found war rooms with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment they noted were made by Iran.

    [...]

    A senior Lebanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND Hizbullah started building a new set of bunker systems, this time in Palestinian refugee camps.

    "The Lebanese Army doesn't have the authority to patrol inside the camps," said the official. "Hizbullah knows it is safe there to rebuild their war bunkers, and they began doing so with Iranian help."

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  18. Anonymous9:31 PM

    blogagog,

    I for one am Lebanese and never thought of the Americans are worthless. On the opposite, I like the Americans !

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  19. Anonymous7:37 PM

    I wish they got some aid in the summer when Israel was destroying Lebanon .

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  20. just to come back on the gazelle one


    I saw the first one today.

    Seems that were not able to make it flying without "first lessons"

    now they have to learn how to shoot with it :s

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  21. French Eagle, thats right, here's what I answered in the thread where we were having our original discussion:

    As for the helicopters, i received information that choppers were delivered to the Lebanese Air Force base adjacent to Beirut International Airport, and that pilots were still being trained on their use.

    The training could take up to a year.

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  22. well i was in a place in sin el fil and i noticed one of them flying.

    But it seems they have some difficulties to maintain the helicopter in place. (vol stationnaire)

    moreover, i didnt see any platform to support rockets or machine guns on this one.

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