This picture shows Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi outside the Serail, Thursday, August 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Cabinet Thursday agreed to recruit a little over 11,000 personnel for the Lebanese Army and other security forces to boost the capabilities of security agencies, in light of recent clashes between the military and jihadists from Syria.According to Joreige, Kahwagi informed the Cabinet about the ground developments and the humanitarian situation in Arsal.Kahwagi told ministers that the militants completely withdrew from the border town, Joreige said.A total of 38 members of security forces -- 22 Lebanese soldiers and 16 policemen -- were taken captive by militants who overran Arsal Saturday following the arrest of a Syrian rebel commander by the Lebanese Army.
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