Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi inspects troops in north Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi inspected troops in north Lebanon Thursday, three days after the military crushed militants inspired by ISIS and the Nusra Front and took full control of the embattled city of Tripoli.The military, meanwhile, pushed ahead with a widespread manhunt for Islamist militants who fled after fighting soldiers over the weekend, rounding up more than 70 terror suspects in the north and the Western Bekaa region. Twenty-three gunmen, 11 soldiers and eight civilians died in the clashes.Lebanon's military prosecutor Thursday charged an alleged ISIS commander along with 17 other people with attacking Army soldiers and attempting to establish an Islamic emirate in north Lebanon.The group of suspects are also accused of taking part in operations against the Army, inciting people to kill soldiers and stirring up sectarian strife.
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