A general view shows damage and burnt tents for Syrian refugees from the fighting between Lebanese army soldiers and Islamist militants in the Sunni Muslim border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley August 7, 2014.REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah
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The Lebanese Army tightened its grip around Arsal Thursday after Islamist militants withdrew from the northeastern town, taking with them captive soldiers, according to officials.The official said the situation in Arsal was calm, adding that the Army has not yet entered the town.More than 60 militants and 42 civilians were also killed.Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, who along with other security chiefs attended a Cabinet meeting, told the ministers the militants had completely withdrawn from Arsal.Kahwagi also briefed the Cabinet on Army measures to defeat the militants and restore security to the town, according to Information Minister Ramzi Joreige. On his way out of the Grand Serail, Kahwagi told reporters: "The Army's military position in Arsal is very good". He added that the Army and ISF captives had been taken out of Arsal by the militants from the onset of the battles.
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