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IDEX 2019: Lebanese Air Force adapts for terrorism fight

12th February 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by Alan Warnes in Bahrain

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Lebanon has had to increase the capabilities of the its armed forces in a bid to stop the rise of terrorism in the country, according to the Commander of Lebanese Air Force.

Brig Gen Pilot Ziad Haikal told Shephard that: ‘The civil war in Syria has been spilling into Lebanon since 2013, which led to ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Levant] and Al Nusra jihadi groups setting up fortified positions along our western border.’

He added that the service was ‘now operating aircraft at four bases, Beirut, Hamat, Kleyaate and Rayak that house many of our new assets’.

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