Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles drive toward Arsal, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim later joined the meeting.Following five days of heavy fighting between the Army and militants from Syria in the border town of Arsal, the two agreed to a cease-fire that saw the withdrawal of the gunmen, the entry of aid of into Arsal and transport of wounded civilians out of the town. Nineteen soldiers and 17 ISF members remain missing, and are believed to be held by the militants, who were from ISIS and Nusra Front.
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