Soldiers from the Lebanese Army and the French contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Southern Lebanon have been training together in week-long commando exercises. FRANCE 24 reports.

The exercises are taking place at a time when the Lebanese army is under more pressure than ever, not least from the ongoing threat of a spill over from the conflict in neighbouring war-torn Syria.

Although the exercises are strictly about cooperation and joint capability building between the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL, one Lebanese Army trainer told FRANCE 24 he recognised their broader value. […]