Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, left, receives Defense Minister Samir Moqbel in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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There was no deal to allow gunmen to flee and end the four days of battles between militants and the Lebanese Army in the northern city of Tripoli, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel said Tuesday, dismissing media reports of a compromise brokered by political leaders.The Army's campaign ended Monday after troops seized a mosque in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood that had been used as a stronghold by militants inspired by ISIS and the Nusra Front.Moqbel, however, acknowledged that the purpose of his visit was because he considered Mikati to be "the highest authority in Tripoli".Mikati also denied reaching a deal on the Tripoli battle.
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