Salam presides over a meeting of ministers and security chiefs at the Grand Serail to discuss worsening security in northeast Lebanon, Saturday, September 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)
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Ministers and security chiefs Saturday threw their weight behind the Lebanese Army in its battle against terrorist groups in northeast Lebanon, vowing not to succumb to blackmail or bargaining.The security meeting was headed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam and attended by Moqbel, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, head of the Higher Defense Council Maj.Moqbel said Salam informed security chiefs that his government stood behind behind its armed and security forces.Earlier, Salam said Lebanon's fate in the face of terrorism relied on the ability of the Lebanese to unite and rally behind the Army.The prime minister called on the Lebanese to rally behind the government's decision in supporting the Lebanese Army and the various security agencies in their battle against terrorism "in Arsal, outside of Arsal and on the border".
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