Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front fighters (back L) stand as Lebanese soldiers and policemen (C) are released in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Attempts to polish image pushed Nusra to implement dealA tightening siege in winter and an attempt to polish their image played a part in the Nusra Front's decision to release the 16 Lebanese servicemen, ending 16 months of captivity, analysts said Tuesday. The hostage deal was finalized as Lebanon approached the winter. The group's negotiation demands have always included a humanitarian element.Indeed, apart from the release of the prisoners, Nusra had asked primarily for basic supplies for its fighters and for international organizations to be allowed to cross the Wadi Hmeid checkpoint and provide aid to Syrian refugees.A year ago, Nusra's demands were centered on freeing major figures from prison in Lebanon.
Canada transports 164 Syrian refugees to Toronto
Lebanon's ex-hostage families celebrate release of captives
Servicemen’s release hits fresh hurdles
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE