U.S. reportedly releases Lebanon military aid

The Trump administration released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon before Thanksgiving, two congressional staffers and an administration official confirmed on the condition of anonymity.

The money was caught in limbo at the Office of Management and Budget for months despite the State Department alerting Congress in September that it would be spent.

The reason for the holdup remains unclear, despite members of Congress pressing the White House for an explanation.

Now that it has arrived, the aid is intended to be used to help curb Iran’s influence in Lebanon. Tehran backs the Shiite Hezbollah movement, which maintains a government presence and a militia.

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