IDF official confirms Hezbollah using American military equipment



American-made M113 armored personnel carriers (pictured here) have fallen into the hands of Hezbollah, the terror group revealed last month in a military parade. An Israeli official confirmed Wednesday that Hezbollah is using American-made military equipment. Credit: Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo, U.S. Air Force.

( A senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has confirmed that the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah is using American-made military equipment.

"These APCs (armored personnel carriers) are of the Hezbollah [forces], while fighting in Syria, that they took from the Lebanese armed forces," the anonymous IDF officer said Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post reported.

"We shared this information with other countries, including the U.S. of course, and I can even say that we recognized these specific APCs with some specific parameters that we know...these were given to the Lebanese armed forces. It's not an assumption," the officer added.

Last month, Hezbollah held its first-ever military parade in Syria, showcasing a wide array of equipment including Soviet-made T-72 tanks, Russian Kornet anti-tank missiles, rapid response motorcycles, KS-12A anti-aircraft weapons and most notably American-made M113 APCs.

At the time, U.S. officials said that they were investigating how Hezbollah came to possess the American APCs, with reports suggesting the carriers may have come from the Lebanese army, which received several dozen pieces of U.S. equipment last summer as part of a military aid package. 

Posted on December 21, 2016 .