Atrash spoke of mental and psychological torture, not knowing when they might be killed.
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Atrash is among the 16 Lebanese Army and policemen that were released Tuesday by the Nusra Front under a Qatari-mediated deal which also stipulated the release of 13 Islamist militants held by Beirut and another 10 in Damascus.The servicemen were captured in August 2014 when militants from Nusra Front and Daesh (ISIS) overran Arsal. After a five-day battle, the militants withdrew from the town taking with them over 30 soldiers and policemen to the outskirts. Nine servicemen remain with Daesh and not much is known about their current status.When that failed tensions escalated into a battle with the Army.A few days after that, the servicemen were questioned by the militants.Lebanese Army soldier Mohammad Hamieh and policeman Ali Bazzal, later killed by Nusra, received the most death threats, he said.The release of the 16 servicemen was not easy. On Nov. 28, the servicemen's hopes of freedom were shattered when they were informed that the negotiations had failed.
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