The construction of 12 fortified outposts along 130 km of Lebanon’s border with Syria is nearing completion.

The border posts have been built as part of a wider project funded by the British government that began in 2011 with the aim of helping the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) prevent extremist militants crossing its porous frontier with Syria.

Since last year, the United Kingdom has authorised GBP19.3 million (USD30.2 million) for a train-and-equip programme for the LAF’s Land Border Regiments (LBR), two of which are currently deployed along Lebanon’s north and northeast borders with Syria. A third LBR is currently being raised. […]