US soldiers pose in front of US made Bradley Fighting Vehicles at the port of Beirut, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard oversaw the delivery of eight M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles donated to the Lebanese Army, at Beirut's port Monday morning.Monday's delivery – attended by Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun and Brig. Gen. Jean Farah – was the first batch of 32 BFV bound for Lebanon. In the past 12 months, the Army has received defense articles including: 40 M198 howitzers, 50 armored Humvees, 55 mortar systems, an armed Cessna aircraft with hellfire missiles, 1,100 machine guns, including 800 50-caliber machine guns, 50 Mark-19 automatic grenade launchers, 4,000 M4 rifles, over half a million rounds of ammunition, 360 secure communication radios and 320 night vision devices and thermal sights, according to the U.S. Embassy.Named after the World War II U.S. Army officer, Gen. Omar Bradley, the M2A2 is one of two BFV models designed to transport and protect infantry while offering offensive capabilities.With areas near Arsal now clear of armed groups, the Army is poised to launch an offensive against the Daesh militants.Lebanon is only one of three countries that currently operate the M2A2 Bradley – the U.S. and Saudi Arabia being the others.
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