President Michel Sleiman, left, receives Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi in Baabda, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Sleiman and Gen. Jean Kahwagi Monday stressed that the Army operated within the limits of the law, rejecting campaigns alleging military misconduct, a day after Muslim scholars accused the armed forces of torturing a detained sheikh.According to the Baabda Palace statement, Sleiman and Kahwagi also discussed the security situation in Lebanon, particularly in the northern city of Tripoli.The military has been accused on several occasions by Islamist groups in Tripoli of targeting the Sunni sect and arbitrarily detaining a number of individuals in the northern city.The Army has so far detained more than 29 people as part of its plan to end repeated clashes in Tripoli between fighters from the Sunni-dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh and the mainly Alawite Jabal Mohsen.
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