The 7th Infantry Brigade (Lebanon) was composed of 1,700 men in 1987. A contingent of the Seventh Brigade was stationed in the Jbeil district, north of Beirut. This contingent was regarded as loyal to former President Suleiman Frangieh, whose feudal seat, Zgharta, is a few kilometers southwest of Tripoli. Consequently, the central government equipped this contingent with light weapons only. The brigade's headquarters was located in Amsheet, just north of Jounieh. Units at Amsheet were well equipped with US-made M48 tanks and M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) but were regarded as being under the sway of Lebanese Forces' Supreme Commander Samir Geagea, who maintained his retinue in Amsheet.