Since its independence from France in 1943, Lebanon, a small country in the Middle East inhabited by 18 officially recognized religious groups, has been characterized by sectarian strife and chronic instability. These challenges became more urgent since the start of the civil war in neighboring Syria and the rapid rise of ISIS, along with the movement of over one million refugees from ISIS-ravaged territories into Lebanon.
Areas along the Lebanese-Syrian border have become increasingly volatile, vulnerable to illegal cross-border incursions, infiltration by ISIS, and religious violence. U.S. personnel have been working with their partners in the Lebanese government and armed forces to strengthen their ability to secure and defend local populations along the border areas.
With the right equipment and proper training, Lebanese security forces can combat illicit activities that destabilize the government and establish a firewall against the spread of ISIS. Critical to that end are essential tools such as fax machines to communicate and coordinate security across government offices, and metal detectors and search mirrors to detect illegal weapons and contraband at the border crossings.
You can help us make a real impact on security in Lebanon and strengthen relationships between U.S. personnel and their Lebanese counterparts as they work to keep the country stable and halt the spread of ISIS throughout the region.