The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Kahwagi fears dead among missing troops
Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi said the missing soldiers in the Arsal battle numbered 20 and voiced fears that some of them may have been killed.
“The number of missing soldiers are at most 20. The Army Command prefers to refer to them as ‘missing’ out of fear of finding martyrs among them,” Kahwagi told Al-Mustaqbal.
“And this is exactly what happened. We found the body of a soldier and the militants showed the body of another who were among the missing,” he added.
The issue of captive soldiers at a crossroads
The issue of captive soldiers is at the crossroads. Either they are released quickly or their return may take a long time similar to the Azaz hostage ordeal.
A number of men from Akkar involved in takfiri groups
Political circles in Akkar have noticed that since the outbreak of the Syria war, some villages in the northern province of Akkar have embraced the takfiri dogma to an extent that drove several Akkar men to join the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
The circles said dozens of them had been killed during gunbattles in Syria’s Qalamoun, Aleppo and Qusair.
Salary raise breakthrough expected next week
Parliamentary sources told An-Nahar that a breakthrough in the longstanding pay hike issue is expected next week.
Hezbollah stance on parliamentary extension not yet set
Al-Joumhouria has learned that Hezbollah has not yet decided on the extension of Parliament’s mandate.