Jordan sends military aid to Lebanon to boost fight against extremists: army

Workers unload artillery pieces donated from the US government to the Lebanese army, during a ceremony at Beirut's port on Feb 8, 2015. Fellow Middle Eastern nation Jordan has also delivered heavy military equipment to Lebanon to bolster their fight
Workers unload artillery pieces donated from the US government to the Lebanese army, during a ceremony at Beirut's port on Feb 8, 2015. Fellow Middle Eastern nation Jordan has also delivered heavy military equipment to Lebanon to bolster their fight against militants crossing from Syria. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AMMAN (AFP) - Jordan has delivered heavy military equipment to Lebanon's armed forces to bolster their fight against militants crossing from Syria, the army said on Tuesday.

The Jordanian military command said a consignment of armoured personnel carriers and tank transporters was delivered to Beirut on Monday "to boost its capacity to face threats across the region".

Jordan is one of several Arab nations to have signed up to a US-led military coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Amman stepped up its bombing raids on ISIS in Syria after the extremists burned a captured Jordanian pilot alive in a gruesome video released earlier this month.

Lebanon's army has fought several deadly battles against radical fighters crossing from the restive border with Syria.

The US embassy in Beirut said earlier this month that Washington has sent US$25 million (S$31.26 million) worth of military aid to the Lebanese army.

Saudi Arabia has pledged US$3 billion to fund the purchase of French weaponry - including helicopter gunships - for Lebanon, although Beirut has yet to receive the arms.