Washington Post asks how Hezbollah got the M113

Here is an article from the Washington Times about US M113 Armored Personnel Carriers in service with Hezbollah. Given the age and capabilities of the M113, I don’t think anyone is losing much sleep over Hezbollah possessing these vehicles, but it’s still and interesting read.

cxkkgb1wgaa62ibOver the weekend images surfaced online of a Hezbollah parade in Qusair, Syria, featuring U.S. armored personnel carriers affixed with antiaircraft guns. The images prompted a flurry of speculation about the vehicles’ origin and whether the group had pilfered the stocks of the U.S.-supplied Lebanese military.

The armored personnel carrier, known as the M113, is one of the United States’ most ubiquitous armored vehicles and has been in service since the 1960s. The tracked semi-rhombus-shaped vehicle comes in numerous variants and can be outfitted to carry troops and artillery; its chassis was even used as the basis for a nuclear-missile carrier. It has appeared in every major U.S. conflict since the Vietnam War and is used by U.S. police departments and dozens of others countries’ militaries around the world.

Read the full article here.

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