A general view shows the countryside of Arsal from the Hezbollah controlled area of Dahr al-Hawa hill in the Lebanese side of the Qalamun mountains on the border with Syria on May 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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Renewed negotiations with ISIS over their release of nine Lebanese soldiers would focus on a swap deal seeing the release of two prominent inmates in Lebanese prisons, Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Saturday.The newspaper quoted sources saying that renewed negotiations between Lebanon and ISIS would likely lead to swap deal in which radical preacher Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir and militants Naim Abbas are released in exchange for the nine servicemen. The meeting came in light of a November swap deal that saw the release of 16 policemen and soldiers who were captured by the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front during the same August 2014 battle with the army in Arsal.
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