Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut July 9, 2014. (Reuters)
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The trials of Islamists held in Roumieh Prison will speed up, the interior minister said Sunday, following the beheading of a second Army solider late Saturday and renewed clashes on the outskirts of Arsal.The Nusra Front and ISIS militants, who took at least 29 military and police captive after clashes in Arsal last month, have demanded the release of Islamists detained in Roumieh Prison in return for their release.Machnouk's trip to Qatar, to attend a conference with his counterparts from other Arab states, was also allegedly tied to the Qatari mediation over the hostage crisis, after a Qatari delegation met with both the Nusra Front and ISIS commanders Friday, in a bid to negotiate the release of the captives.
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