Lebanon Buying 175 U.S. Armored Personnel Carriers
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Lebanon is buying 175 surplus armored personnel carriers from the United States to help its army enforce security after the end of 15 years of civil war.
Officials said today that Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s government authorized the Defense Ministry to buy the used M-113 vehicles for roughly $200,000 each.
The United States is trying to sell military equipment that is no longer needed in Europe with the sharp drop in American troop levels there following the end of the Cold War.
The Lebanese officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to confirm or deny a report by the newspaper Al-Anwar that Lebanon also planned to buy U.S. helicopter gunships in a few months.
Lebanon’s 47,000-soldier army, restructured after the civil war ended in 1990, has only three British-made, 1950s-era Hawker-Hunter jets as an air force.