Lebanese soldiers check equipment unloaded from a U.S. Air Force plane as a donation to the Army at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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ISIS allegedly threatened in a new video Friday to slaughter nine Lebanese soldiers it is holding within three days unless the government acted to release Islamist detainees held in Roumieh prison.The video came a day after a member of ISIS claimed that the militant group had beheaded one of 11 soldiers it captured earlier this month following clashes with the Army in the northeastern town of Arsal.The Lebanese Army clashed Friday with militants on the outskirts of Arsal for the second day running, killing one and arresting two in an incident highlighting the fragility of the situation in the town that was seized earlier this month by ISIS and Nusra Front gunmen. Friday's minor clash came hours after the Army said it had arrested a Lebanese citizen and two Syrians for their suspected involvement in the five-day deadly fighting between the military and ISIS and Nusra Front militants that erupted on Aug. 2 .Between Thursday and Friday, the U.S. Army delivered 36 81 mm mortars, 24 120mm mortars, 1,529 M16 A4 rifles and 480 AT4 launchers, worth nearly $9 million, an embassy source told The Daily Star.
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