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About "Lebanon (AFF)"
The U.S. has dual goals in the Middle East: Fight terrorism and keep Iran at bay. These things do not always align perfectly. Sometimes the U.S. must compromise on one issue to fight the other. Such is the case with Lebanon. Lebanon is home base to the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah (who hates the U.S. and Israel, but also hates and fights ISIS). Hezbollah has an elected majority in Lebanon’s parliament and holds massive influence in the government. Despite this, the U.S. continues to send military equipment to support the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The argument is that the LAF will fight ISIS, keep the sovereignty of the Lebanese state, and fulfil the purpose of a U.N. resolution governing southern Lebanon.
This case argues military aid to Lebanon has failed on all counts. Both Hezbollah and Lebanon have fought ISIS in Syria but have also allowed in Iranian arms. The influence Hezbollah has over the LAF means that the LAF is essentially a partner in many of Hezbollah’s crimes.
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