Iran is to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army, the head of Iran’s national security council said on Sept. 30, boosting security forces that are already backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

The Lebanase Army has been stepping up efforts to prevent Sunni Muslim fighters from Syria entering Lebanese border towns. Last month, the northern town of Arsal was the scene of the deadliest spillover of fighting in the three-year-old civil war in Syria.

The rise of hardline militants in Syria such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) presents a shared foe for Shi’ite Iran and its enemies, Sunni Saudi Arabia and the United States.  […]