US Calls Israel’s Alleged Attacks On Lebanese Military ‘Unacceptable’

Fearing an expansion of the ongoing Middle East war between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization, the Biden administration recently told Israel that its alleged attacks on Lebanon’s armed forces are “unacceptable.”

A White House National Security Council spokesperson recently told CNN that U.S. officials believe at least 34 Israeli strikes have hit areas where Lebanese soldiers had been present, leading to the death of one individual and the injuries of eight others.

“The United States has been clear we do not want to see this conflict spread to Lebanon and we continue to urge the Israelis do all they can to be targeted and avoid civilians, civilian infrastructure, civilian farmland, the UN, and the Lebanese Armed Forces,” the spokesperson told the outlet.

“The United States is proud of its partnership with the LAF, an essential institution, not only to the stability and security of Lebanon but of the entire region,” the spokesperson added.

Most of Israel’s alleged attacks against the Lebanese Armed Forces have come by way of small arms, artillery fire, drones, and helicopters.

The Biden administration believes that the bulk of the attacks were accidental and directed toward Hezbollah, a terrorist organization that operates in Lebanon and is backed by the Iranian regime.

A U.S. official told CNN that the intention of some of the strikes remained “less clear,” suggesting that some Israeli troops are not showing restraint when carrying out their attacks.

“In response to Hezbollah’s aggression, the IDF strikes the terrorist organization’s military infrastructure and works to eliminate any threat to the State of Israel,” a spokesperson for Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), Nir Dinar, told CNN.

“Any harm to civilians and other forces is unintentional. Such incidents are reviewed in order to improve operational precautions and to ensure accountability when necessary,” Dinar added.

Since 2006, the U.S. has provided the Lebanese Armed Forces with over $3 billion to train and equip the army as a “stabilizing force against regional threats,” according to the State Department. Such threats include the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” which is centrally located in Lebanon, as well as al-Qaeda.