Raghida, Sayyed’s widow, mourns as she is comforted during his funeral. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Grief mixed with anger Wednesday as Army soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by Islamist militants, was laid to rest in his ancestral northern village.Sayyed's funeral motorcade drew thousands of mourners waving the Lebanese and Army flags as it made its way through the northern towns of Qalamoun, Mhammara and, finally, Sayyed's hometown, Fnaydeq.Following the beheading of Sayyed and the release of five soldiers Sunday, jihadists are now holding at least 23 soldiers and policemen captured during August's clashes in Arsal.Last week, a man affiliated with ISIS posted a picture on social media showing the beheading of Sayyed, who was captured by ISIS during the five-day clashes between the Lebanese Army and Islamist militants in Arsal early August.The Lebanese Army confirmed Tuesday that DNA test results positively identified the body released to the Muslim Scholars Committee as that of Sayyed.Both ISIS and the Nusra Front have called on the Lebanese government to release Islamist prisoners from Roumieh Prison in exchange for the captive security personnel.
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