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US donates 97 vehicles to ISF

US Chargé d’Affaires Michele Sison presented 97 Dodge Charger police vehicles to Internal Security Forces (ISF) Director General Achraf Rifi at the ISF Mobile Forces headquarters on Friday in Dbayeh. 

Sison commented that the new police cars “will help strengthen the ISF as Lebanon’s professional police force, protecting residents from Halba to Marjayoun and Beirut to Baalbak.”

The donation brings the number of US-granted cars to the ISF to 300.  Friday’s delivery comes in addition to the 60 Ford Explorers and 14 Armed Personnel Carriers.

Also attending Friday’s ceremony were Mobile Forces Commander Robert Jabbour and members of the ISF Command Staff. 

Earlier this week, the US announced a $22 million pledge to assist Lebanon in its reconstruction of the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp.  The pledge includes support for the ISF through “capacity building and technical assistance,” according to a statement released by the embassy on Friday, “as the Government of Lebanon reinstates its security responsibility over the refugee camp.”

The pledge also includes the provision of additional Dodge Charge police vehicles, police equipment and duty gear for use within Nahr el-Bared as well as the construction of a police station. 

-NOW Staff

  • essam

    Micheal...u r right, we need to unite to build a State that MUST BE built on proper democratic non-religion base, but top be honest, as long as the same Za3eems, and have so called Za3eems than that will be a very difficult task...Za3eems don't want a Strong State, as such will be the end of their Za3ameeh..

    June 28, 2008

  • Michael

    What is more important?....the fuel for the police cars or the Lebanese lifes that they might save with them?...THINK...we need national unity...we need help, from everyone...

    June 27, 2008

  • Shunkleash

    Assistance is always welcome, especially from the US. BUT, has anyone thought about who is going to pay the gas bill for all the gas guzzling SUV's and Dodge Chargers? Anyway. i guess you should never bite the hand that feeds you.

    June 27, 2008

  • essam

    Nice gesture, but whats the price of petrol these days ?...couldn't they supply a more economical cars to run & maintain ?.(Hummers for the Army as well..!)..now, who is the lucky officer to get his hand on one...(to be his protection or service car !!!)

    June 27, 2008