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BEIRUT – The discovery of large natural gas reserves under the waters of the eastern Mediterranean could potentially mean a huge economic windfall for Israel and Lebanon, both resource-poor nations — if it doesn't spark new war between them.
The Hezbollah militant group has blared warnings that Israel plans to steal natural gas from Lebanese territory and vows to defend the resources with its arsenal of rockets. Israel says the fields it is developing do not extend into Lebanese waters, a claim experts say appears to be correct, but the maritime boundary between the two countries — sti
The LAF consists of 56,000 active personnel with the Land forces consisting of approximately 53,900 troops, the air & air defense forces consisting of about 1,000 personnel and another 1,100 in the naval forces. All three branches are operated and coordinated by LAF Command, which is located in Yarzeh, east of Lebanon's capital, Beirut. Currently the LAF is ranked 6th in the world in terms of growth, with the number of military personnel doubling over the period between 1985 to 2000. The country has six military colleges and schools. The Lebanese officers are sent to other countries to receive additional training.
The equipment of the LAF is outdated due to a lack of funds, political bickering and until recently the presence of foreign forces. After the conclusion of the Lebanese Civil War, the LAF decided to repair as much of its equipment as it could, while being aided by modest donations from other nations. About 85% of the LAF's equipment is American-made with the remaining being British, French, and Soviet-made.
Equipment Quantity In Service Being delivered
High quality main battle tanks 1030 1030 300
Medium and low quality tanks 1980 1620
APCs, IFVs, ARVs, LCVs 7070 7070 250
Self-propelled artillery 1254 1114 60
Combat warplanes 874 541 25
Transport warplanes 76 66 9
Training warplanes 171 110
Military helicopters 286 184 6
Heavy SAM batteries 25 25 1
Warships 13 13 9
Submarines 3 3 2
Patrol boats 50 50 8
Military age 18
military service 1,499,186 males, age 17–49 (2000 est.),
1,462,063 females, age 17–49 (2000 est.)
military service 1,226,903 males, age 17–49 (2000 est.),
1,192,319 females, age 17–49 (2000 est.)
age annually 50,348 males (2000 est.),
47,996 females (2000 est.)
Active personnel 176,500 (ranked 34th)
Reserve personnel 445,000
Originally posted by jonny2410
Like i said in another thread i am 90% confident Israel and Hezbollah will be in a full-scale war by the end of the year. What causes it is another issue.