Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi receives families of the soldiers who were killed while fighting in Arsal, at the Defense Ministry in Yarzeh, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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Negotiators working to gain the release of Lebanese soldiers captured by militants said Tuesday that the matter required decisiveness on the part of the government, as Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi reassured relatives of the troops soldiers that securing their return was of utmost importance to the military.The militants, part of both the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), are still holding 19 soldiers and 14 members of the Internal Security Forces, but released six policemen a, sign of goodwill to encourage negotiations after the clashes ended.The committeeis now mediating between both parties, the government and the militants, to free the remaining security personnel and soldiers.Among those charged were commanders of the Nusra Front, ISIS and the Farouk Brigade, the men engaged in negotiations with Ghali and his delegation.The militants presented a list of demands to the government Monday, the contents of which the group was not permitted to disclose.Amama said the current impediment toward securing the release of the soldiers was the government's indecision over responding to the militant's demands.
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