Relatives of soldier Ali Khadaro, who was killed during clashes between Lebanese Army soldiers and Islamist militants in Arsal, mourn during his funeral in Talhmera village, Akkar August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Lebanon bid farewell to more fallen soldiers Tuesday, as clashes between security forces and jihadist militants in the northeastern Bekaa Valley raged for the fifth day.Two members of the Lebanese Armed Forces, identified as Capt. Dani Fouad Khairallah and soldier Ali Mohammad Khadaro, were killed during overnight clashes Monday around Arsal. Khairallah was born in Beirut on Oct. 14, 1984, and first volunteered in the Army as a cadet officer in 2003 before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2006 . In Jan. 2014, Khairallah was promoted to the rank of captain. "He never cared about any danger," added his niece Rania.She said Jamal had been involved in the 2012 Army clashes with supporters of militant Sunni Sheikh Ahmad Assir in Abra. Some 22 members of the Army involved in the Arsal fighting are missing, while 16 soldiers have been killed and 86 others wounded.
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