Jumblatt visits the families of the kidnapped soldiers in front of the Grand Serail in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Lebanon formally arrested Tuesday the ex-wife of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, as the Muslim Scholars Committee announced that the government was ready to accept a swap deal to win the freedom of 25 servicemen captured by jihadis.After mixed reports announcing their release, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk confirmed that the Iraqi ex-wife of Baghdadi, Saja al-Dulaimi, was under formal arrest, while Ola al-Oqaily, the wife of ISIS commander Anas Sharkas, was in the custody of General Security. Earlier in the day, the Muslim Scholars Committee announced after meeting Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi that Oqaily has been cleared for release and would be free "within hours" of being transferred to the General Security.ISIS and the Nusra Front, holding the hostages in northeast Lebanon, are demanding the release of the detainees as a condition to free the men.Other than Machnouk and Rifi, the committee delegation also met with former premier Najib Mikati, General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of the Internal Security Forces Maj.
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