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Lebanese politicians are hailing the arrest of Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, who was captured Saturday morning at Beirut's airport as he tried to flee the country after two years on the run.Hariri contacted Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, who briefed the Future Movement leader on the facts of the arrest, according to a statement released by Hairir's news office.Eighteen Army soldiers and around 40 Assir supporters were killed in the battle.
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