A vehicle transfers the rigged car discovered by the Army in Arsal's outskirts. (The Daily Star/ Nidal Solh)
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The Lebanese Army Thursday defused a car rigged with 100 kilograms of explosives on the outskirts of the Bekaa town of Arsal, which a senior military official said was meant to target a military post in the area.The precarious security situation in Arsal and the case of the soldiers and policemen still held hostage by militants dominated a Cabinet session Thursday night, with March 8 and March 14 ministers sparring over the verbal attacks on the Army.Prime Minister Tammam Salam told the ministers that he was continuing negotiations with Qatar and Turkey in an attempt to secure the release of the kidnapped soldiers, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige said after the six-hour session. Arsal was the scene last month of five days of fierce clashes between the Army and militants from ISIS and the Nusra Front, who overran the town.ISIS has beheaded two soldiers, while the Nusra Front has released seven of the captured men.
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