Salman addresses soldiers during his visit to Arsal, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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The head of General Security flew to Qatar Friday night, ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Tammam Salam to the Gulf emirate Sunday as part of efforts to negotiate the release of Lebanese security personnel held by extremist militants on the outskirts of Arsal.Qatar is mediating negotiations for the release of at least 22 Army soldiers and Internal Security Forces that militants from ISIS and the Nusra Front are still holding following their five-day battles with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern town of Arsal last month.Lt. Gen. Walid Salman, the Army chief of staff, inspected military units stationed in Arsal Friday. Salman also met soldiers and officers, praising their efforts and sacrifices and relaying to them the instructions of Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi.
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