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Lebanon:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF): Army (includes Navy), Air Force (2008)
Military service age and obligation
Definition
18-30 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2007)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 1,106,879
females age 16-49: 1,122,595 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 934,828
females age 16-49: 948,327 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
3.1% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Definition
lacking a treaty or other documentation describing the boundary, portions of the Lebanon-Syria boundary are unclear with several sections in dispute; since 2000, Lebanon has claimed Shab'a Farms area in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights; the roughly 2,000-strong UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been in place since 1978
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Definition
refugees (country of origin): 405,425 (Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA)); 50,000-60,000 (Iraq)
IDPs: 17,000 (1975-90 civil war, Israeli invasions); 200,000 (July-August 2006 war) (2007)
Illicit drugs
Definition
cannabis cultivation dramatically reduced to 2,500 hectares in 2002 despite continued significant cannabis consumption; opium poppy cultivation minimal; small amounts of Latin American cocaine and Southwest Asian heroin transit country on way to European markets and for Middle Eastern consumption; money laundering of drug proceeds fuels concern that extremists are benefiting from drug trafficking


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