Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam asserted Monday that there would be no political settlement with militants from Syria battling the Lebanese Army in Arsal, stressing that the rival political parties represented in the Cabinet vow unanimous support for the military.Salam underlined that the Cabinet, in which rival political groups are represented, stands unanimously behind the Army in its combat against the militants.14 soldiers have been killed and 86 wounded in three days of fierce fighting between the Army and militants in Arsal, after the latter overran several checkpoints, a military center and a police station over the weekend.The Army however are refusing any negotiations with the militants unless the captured men are released, stalling a non-military solution to the conflict.
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