This picture circulated on social media shows Lebanese soldier Ali al-Sayyed.
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The government plans to accelerate the trials of Islamist detainees in Roumieh prison in a bid to secure the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, judicial sources said Monday.The government move comes as the Lebanese Army confirmed Monday that it had received the body of one of its soldiers who was slaughtered by ISIS militants last week. He was among 11 soldiers reported missing, believed to be held hostage by ISIS and Syria's Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. The government, struggling to secure the freedom of 24 soldiers and security personnel still held hostage by ISIS and Nusra Front militants after five were released last week, is working through the Justice Ministry with the judiciary to find "a legal and judicial solution" for the cases of 94 Islamist detainees held in Roumieh prison since 2007, judicial sources said.The third 'track' involves the 94 Islamist militants in Roumieh prison who are awaiting trial for their involvement in the 2007 Fatah al-Islam battles against the Lebanese Army in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon, in addition to a number of people arrested following last month's deadly clashes between the Lebanese Army and ISIS and Nusra Front militants in Arsal.Judicial sources dismissed these reports as "baseless".
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