Kahwagi addresses troops in Army barracks in Labweh, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/ Lebanese Army, HO)
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As negotiations to free military and security personnel believed to be held by Syria militants face complications, Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi said a maximum of 20 troops were missing, with some feared to be dead.In comments published in daily Al-Mustaqbal Thursday, Kahwagi said a video addressed to Prime Minister Tammam Salam depicting some of the soldiers captured during battles between the Army and jihadist militants in Arsal is authentic. In addition to the Lebanese Army soldiers, 17 Internal Security Forces personnel were also captured and held by the Syrian rebels.
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