US steps up military support for Lebanon

The United States has sped up its commitment of military aid to the Lebanese army. Three out of a proposed eight military supply planes have arrived in Beirut thus far. The steps are designed to bolster efforts to dislodge Fatah al-Islam combatants from the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp. [AlJazeera, May 25]

Politicians, diplomats and refugees have warned that violence might spread throughout Lebanon in the wake of the heavy-handed tactics of Lebanese forces in combating Fatah al-Islam. [The Guardian, May 25]

From Security Briefs, May 25

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