Sheikh Adnan Amama, second left, a member of the Muslim Scholars Committee, speak after a meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The committee's head, Sheikh Salem Rafei, met Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian Monday and said his group was ready to resume mediation efforts to release around 25 security personnel captured by ISIS and the Nusra Front in August.However, he said the committee had two conditions: first, to be officially tasked with the mediation by the government; second, approval – in principle – of a swap deal involving the release of Islamist detainees in Roumieh prison, a key condition of the Nusra Front and ISIS. Then, in August this year, the committee brokered a cease-fire that ended five days of clashes between the Army and militants of ISIS and the Nusra Front who had invaded the northeastern town of Arsal.The Nusra Front has since released seven of the hostages and killed two, while ISIS has executed a further two. Amama said that the committee had yet to contact ISIS and the Nusra Front as part of its renewed efforts to release the servicemen.Many accuse the committee of sympathizing with ISIS and the Nusra Front, saying that it constantly belittled the Lebanese Army and blew the military's mistakes out of proportion.
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