Lebanese soldier George Khoury, who was kidnapped by Nusra militants in early August 2014 in the eastern border town of Arsal, sits with his family at his house in the village of Kobayat on Dec. 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IBRAHIM CHALHOUB
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A Lebanese soldier released last week in a prisoner swap after 16 months in the captivity of Nusra Front militants who killed two of his comrades declined Monday to say that the Al-Qaeda-linked group was a terrorist organization.Gen. Georges Nader of the Lebanese Army's Air Assault Regiment called in to rebuke Khoury.Under the prisoner swap deal, 23 Islamists from Lebanese and Syrian jails were traded for the 16 captives and Hamieh's corpse.The captives were among 37 kidnapped or captured in August 2014 when Nusra and ISIS overran Arsal, sparking a five-day battle. Another nine servicemen captured during the battle are still being held by ISIS.
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