Boot Camp

Marines help rebuild an army

If U.S. Special Envoy Philip Habib is to break the deadlock in the negotiations for Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, he must convince the Israelis that their demand to keep a residual military presence in the country is unnecessary. With that aim in mind, Washington has undertaken a $251 million crash program to rebuild the regular Lebanese army, which is in a state of serious disrepair after eight years of civil war and sectarian strife. Last week 32 U.S.-made M48 tanks were hoisted off a ship in Beirut for delivery...

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