This YouTube grab from the Nusra Front video shows captured two ISF members and a soldier. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)
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A Qatari delegation Friday stepped in to help secure the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held hostage by militants, meeting with commanders from ISIS and the Nusra Front to convey their demands to the government.The Qatari mediation came a day after the government rejected the militants' demands to swap the hostages with Islamist detainees held in Roumieh prison. ISIS later Friday issued a statement, saying the group had met with the Qatari delegation and handed them their demands for releasing the hostages.If the Lebanese government refuses to negotiate [with the militants], then there is nothing the new mediators can do, Hujeiri said.According to Hujeiri, the Qatari delegation did not include security or military officials. He said that the militants' demands have not changed. Salam said Thursday he opposed any direct negotiations between the government and the militants that would require a prisoner exchange.
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