Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi, right, and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel joke during a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi assured the public Thursday that political bickering over security appointments would not affect the military's will to confront terrorists, as the government emerged intact after talks on his successor and the security situation in the northeastern town of Arsal.The March 14 coalition has since accused Hezbollah of trying to drag the Lebanese Army into a battle with jihadi groups.Aoun has warned that the government could be paralyzed if the terms of Kahwagi and Internal Security Forces Chief Maj.Basbous's term expires next Thursday, while Kahwagi is scheduled to retire on Sept. 23 . Moqbel said even with the Qalamoun offensive launched by Hezbollah and the Syrian Army against Syrian rebels, no more than 150 jihadis had withdrawn from Qalamoun into Arsal, and that this number did not constitute a large threat.FPM ministers and others from Hezbollah said it was highly possible they would boycott Cabinet sessions if Basbous' term is extended on June 5 .
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